London's Abbey Road Studios have just witnessed the 50th anniversary of the birth one of the most iconic album covers of all time, as hundreds of Beatles fans came together outside the studio, in an overwhelming celebration to join in one of the most remarkable moments in popular music history, AFP reported on Thursday August 8th.
The famed album cover, which showed the four members of the Beatles, on the pedestrian crossing, is now exactly five decades on from the moment when Britain's legendary Fab Four first walked across the road for the photo, that was used on the sleeve of their final studio album, "Abbey Road."
The iconic shot of John Lennon heading band mates Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison over the zebra crossing, is instantly recognised all over the world, was commemorated when Beatles tribute band, Fab Gear reconstructed the image to recreate the moment, as fans halted the traffic.
The idea originally came to life from an idea by McCartney, when he did a sketch of stickmen on the zebra crossing. The famed picture however, was taken at around 11:35 am on August 8th, 1969, by Scots photographer Iain Macmillan.
At the time, Macmillan stood on a stepladder in the street, while a policeman stopped the traffic, as he started taking six frames, of which the fifth one was used, the only one with the band stepping in unison over the six zebra stripes, the entire shoot took around ten minutes.
A few days after its release, the "Paul Is Dead" conspiracy theory came to life, assuming that McCartney, having a cigarette in his right hand despite being left-handed, proved he was an imposter, and saw hidden messages in him walking out of step with the others and being barefoot.
The turnout for the anniversary was remarkable, with a lot of voices sharing their joy, and views, with all those who attended the celebration. 68-year-old Janet Barnett, from Broadstairs, expressed her appreciation for their music, referring to it as emotional and moving, while Chris Barnett, 63, added that the Beatles have changed music forever, singing about love and peace. Adding, "in another 50 years, people will still be here doing it."