Hundreds of Beatles fans congregated at London’s Abbey Road on Saturday 8 August to mark the 40th anniversary of the Abbey Road photo shoot – quite spectacular, the place was really overrun, and a few Beatles lookalikes turned up too.
John, Paul, George and Ringo were photographed walking across the zebra crossing on the 1969 Abbey Road album cover and no day goes past without re-enactments by the public.
The album was originally going to be called Everest after the recording engineer’s favourite brand of cigarettes and there was talk of a photo shoot in the Himalayas. In the end they decided on the pedestrian crossing outside the Abbey Road studios in North London where they were recording, not only creating the iconic cover but also an easy to reach site for Beatles pilgrims (apart from the Nepalese ones ..)
Also see our Quicktime 360 panorama of Abbey Road
https://www.britishtours.com/360/beatles Incidentally the street sign featured in the VR is no longer there – the council removed it to save the expense of it being graffitied and/or walked off with by members of the public.
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