Iconic ABBEY ROAD Cover Photographed 48 Years Ago Today!

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A scene that has been reenacted probably a million+ times by Beatles fans and London tourists was documented 48 years ago on August 8, 1969.

On that day, John, Paul, George, and Ringo sauntered onto the zebra crossing near EMI Studios as freelance photographer Iain Macmillan — a friend of John Lennon and Yoko Ono —captured the image with a Hasselblad camera and a 50mm wide-angle lens. (For photography buffs, the aperture was reportedly f22 at 1/500 of a second.)

A policeman was called into service to stop traffic as MacMillan climbed onto a step ladder in the middle of the street and took just six shots of the band walking in single file. It was a hot day, and the Beatles walked across the street several times, but the fifth shot was the only one where all four of the Fabs were strolling in time. This is the image that Paul McCartney selected for the cover of Abbey Road. The cover shot was originally an idea that McCartney had sketched out, and Macmillan reworked the scene in his own drawing to prep for photo session. (To see the sketch, go HERE.)

Here's a little Abbey Road music from Paul himself to help you celebrate this Beatles Moment in History...

And here's a photo collage of that fateful day...