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And the sleeve’s kooky symbolism sparked music’s biggest conspiracy theory – that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a doppelganger.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