Hundreds of Beatles fans gathered at the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing to commemorate 40 years since The Beatles were photographed crossing it.
The gathering took place on the morning of Saturday 8 August. The Beatles’ famous photo session outside EMI Studios took place from 11.35am on the same day in 1969.
Crowds of people gathered and stopped traffic. Among them was Tony Bramwell, The Beatles’ road manager and an Apple insider, who was present on that day in 1969. Bramwell was signing copies of the new paperback edition of his book, Magical Mystery Tours, at the nearby Beatles Coffee Shop.
Other than Paul and Ringo, I’m the only person alive who was here on that day. It’s great to see that the whole thing carries on.
Also present were Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band, a tribute act who wore replicas of the costumes worn by The Beatles 40 years before. Those unable to attend could view the gathering on the Abbey Road webcam.
The famous Abbey Road photograph was one of six taken by Iain Macmillan. Since then the location has been a key site for Beatles pilgrims from around the world.
Also on this day...
- 2019: The Beatles announce Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissue
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
- 1969: Recording: The End, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Oh! Darling
- 1969: The Abbey Road cover photography session
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Hey Jude, Not Guilty
- 1966: The South African Broadcasting Corporation bans The Beatles’ music
- 1966: US album release: Revolver
- 1966: US single release: Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine
- 1963: Live: Candie Gardens, Guernsey
- 1962: Live: Co-op Ballroom, Doncaster
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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