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Abbey Road  Presented with New Mixes in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, and Dolby Atmos; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings and Demos 

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located.

Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. Now available for preorder, the album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

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Abbey Road: The story behind the famous cover

On the 50th anniversary of the iconic Abbey Road cover photograph being taken, Sky News takes a look at how it came about.

On 8 August 1969, a photograph was taken that would turn an ordinary zebra crossing into one of the most recognisable street locations in the world.

Fifty years on, Abbey Road in London’s St John’s Wood remains a must-visit for any true Beatles fans, the place to go to recreate the famous strides of the Fab Four in one of the last ever images taken of the group all together.

Apparently based on a stickman sketch by Paul McCartney, the shoot was hastily put together, with photographer Iain MacMillan reportedly getting his shot in around 10 minutes as a police officer held traffic at bay for the biggest band in the world to cross the road.

The band were said to be keen to get on with recording, rather than spending their time posing for the camera.

At the time, no one involved had any idea that the final image, chosen from just six shots taken of McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, would go on to become immortalised in rock history, one of the most memorable and imitated album covers ever made.

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Come Together! Thousands of Beatles fans flock to Abbey Road to walk across famous zebra crossing and mark 50 years since iconic album was released

  • Around 2,000 Beatles fans are at Abbey Road in London trying to recreate iconic album cover photo
  • The Fab Four held up traffic on August 8, 1969, to get famous shot of them walking over a zebra crossing
  • Abbey Road Studios invited fans in to pose next to giant version of picture and said atmosphere was ‘fun’
  • Traffic is being held up by sheer number of people and police are at the scene to maintain safety 

Thousands of Beatles fans have today flocked to the iconic London zebra crossing that was the focus of their Abbey Road album to mark 50 years since the picture was taken.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr held up traffic on August 8, 1969 by posing on the crossing outside their recording studio to capture the famous shot, taken by freelance photographer Iain Macmillan.

And their dedicated fans clamoured to do the same thing today as they packed out the roads in St John’s Wood.

It is believed around 2,000 fans have been outside Abbey Road Studios so far with lines stretching around both sides of the pavement.

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50 Years Later, Beatles Fans Recreate Abbey Road Cover Shot

(LONDON) — It was 50 years ago today, that The Beatles caused a traffic delay.

And hundreds of fans of the Fab Four gathered Thursday at a crosswalk in London’s St. John’s Wood neighborhood immortalized on the “Abbey Road” album to recreate the cover photo half a century after it was taken.

At 11:35 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1969, Iain Macmillan photographed John, Paul, George and Ringo striding single-file across the black-and-white “zebra” crossing outside Abbey Road Studios while a police officer stopped traffic.

Used as the cover of the band’s penultimate studio album, it became one of the most famous images in music history.

On Thursday spectators snapped photos on cellphones and lookalikes from a Beatles cover band crossed the street in tribute to the original image.

The spot remains a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans from around the world.

“Every hour of every day there are fans on the crossing,” said Beatles tour guide Richard Porter, who organized Thursday’s commemoration. “I’ve seen lots of different sights on the crossing, too, from couples having their wedding photos taken to people going across naked.”

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Hundreds of Beatles fans flock to Abbey Road on album photo’s 50th anniversary

Hundreds of fans gathered at London’s Abbey Road to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles walking across its zebra crossing.

John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison were photographed striding single file over the crossing on August 8, 1969, and the image went on to become one of the most recognised covers in music history for their Abbey Road album.

Beatles lookalike band the Fab Four were joined by fans of the group on Thursday, halting traffic in the process.

The band arrived at the location in a replica of Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce car and fans posed for pictures on the spot during the gathering.

The zebra crossing has become a destination for fans of the Liverpool group over the past five decades, many making the pilgrimage from all over the world every year.

The anniversary stunt was arranged by Beatles London tour guide Richard Porter, who said: “Every hour of every day there are fans on the crossing.

“I’ve seen lots of different sights on the crossing too – from couples having their wedding photos taken, to people going across naked!”

Photographer Iain Macmillan snapped six shots of the band walking over the road’s black and white stripes, and the fifth was selected as the cover shot for Abbey Road, the Beatles’ penultimate studio album.

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How Scottish photographer created THAT iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover

It’s an image that, for half a century, has been frozen in rock ’n’ roll amber – one of history’s most famous album covers.

The photo for The Beatles’ final album in 1969 bestowed instant immortality on a quiet London street called Abbey Road. It turned a simple zebra crossing into a shrine for Fab Four fans from all over the world.

And the sleeve’s kooky symbolism sparked music’s biggest conspiracy theory – that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a doppelganger.

The image of John Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr striding across the road outside EMI studios in St John’s Wood was taken 50 years ago on Thursday by Scots photographer Iain MacMillan.

Perched precariously on a stepladder, the Dundee snapper had five minutes to get it right as a police officer kept traffic at bay nearby. He reeled off six shots before Lennon’s patience ran out.

“We’re meant to be recording, not posing for pictures,” he muttered.

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The Beatles Story reports a record-breaking surge in visitor numbers

Liverpool tourist attraction The Beatles Story is reporting the busiest fortnight in its 29-year history – and its busiest ever day.

Based at the city’s Royal Albert Dock tells the story of the ‘Fab Four’ and attracts Beatles fans from all over the world and, in the two weeks to Sunday, July 21, it saw a 20% year-on-year increase.

Between Monday, July 15, and Sunday, July 21, the attraction saw 10,978 people come through the door and on Saturday, July 13, 2,524 visitors turned up – the busiest day in the attraction’s history.

It follows on from the recent revelation that The Beatles Story had broken record visitor numbers for the 2018/19 season, welcoming a total of 310,894 visitors, a 2% improvement on the previous year.  With no sign of The Beatles’ popularity slowing down, the attraction looks well on course to break record numbers again this year.

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Beatles-Inspired ‘Yesterday’ Reaches $100 Million Mark At Box Office

Danny Boyle’s musically energetic Yesterday just achieved the $100 million milestone, according to Variety. This feat is accomplished amidst a summer filled with buzz surrounding super hero films and popular animated features. During the film’s opening weekend on June 28-30, it generated $17 million. The film is still awaiting its release in 24 different international areas, which can further propel earnings.

Himesh Patel made his feature film debut in Yesterday starring as aspiring musician Jack Malick. Just when all hope seems to be lost as a successful songwriter, Jack makes his major breakthrough after he gets hit by a bus as the entire planet experiences a massive blackout, waking up in a world where certain aspects of pop culture- specifically the Beatles- are no longer remembered. He then leaves behind his hometown to travel the world and present the Beatles’ iconic compositions as his own work. Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran also star alongside Patel.

While the actual members of the Beatles were not directly involved with the film, their hits such as “Back In The U.S.S.R,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “Hey Jude” ring nostalgically throughout the movie. In order to use these songs, the rights to feature these songs were bought for $10 million.

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