Beatles’ best voted album, “Abbey Road,” has completed its 50 years today, i.e., 8th August 2019. The eleventh album of the band, ‘Abbey Road’ was released on 26th September 1969. This was the last album where all the Beatles had participated together.
The album was an original British album that didn’t show the band’s title or the name on the cover. There were six pictures or shots taken on a zebra crossing which is outside EMI Studios on Abbey Road. The fifth shot was used as the cover of the album.
The cover photo has the four original Beatles namely, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. The shot was captured by the Scottish photographer, Iain Macmillan.
The photo shows a Beetle parked in the background with Lennon leading the four in a white suit. McCartney is barefoot and holding a cigar. Starr is in a black suit and Harrison in blue denim.
The album had tracks which were written by all the four members of the band. The tracks and their writers are, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by Harrison, ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ by McCartney, ‘Octopus’s Garden’ by Starr and ‘Come Together’ by Lennon.
Soon after the album was released, the EMI Studios was renamed to Abbey Road. The zebra crossing on which the four Beatles were photographed was granted special rights by government in the year 2010.
On the mark of the 50th anniversary of the album today, fans re-created the cover photo of Beatles. The fans had parked a Volkswagen Beetle in the background and got themselves clicked walking on the Abbey Road’s zebra crossing.
English rock band, The Beatles were formed in 1960 in Liverpool. It was the most influential band of all time. The band used to experiment with classical music, older pop and tried different innovative recording techniques.
It was not even a year of the release of the album ‘Abbey Road’ which was their best-selling album when the band decided to split up. This left millions of fans heartbroken and transformed the then music into modern pop culture.