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Beatles fans come together for ‘Abbey Road’ cover-photo anniversary

British actor Andrew Lancel, who plays Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the London stage show “Epstein,” holds the “Abbey Road” album on Abbey Road. (Andy Rain/European Pressphoto Agency)

It was 45 years ago today/The band photographer clicked away…

On Aug. 8, 1969, freelance photographer Iain MacMillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the road near EMI Studios in London and snapped six photos of the Beatles walking through a zebra crossing.

One of the photos became the “Abbey Road” album cover and remains among the most iconic images in rock and roll history. (It was certainly the most famous photo ever taken by MacMillan, who died in 2006.)

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the historic 10-minute photo shoot (outtakes of which can be seen on, Beatles fans, Beatles actors and others gathered on Friday at the crossing near 3 Abbey Road, the address for what is now known as Abbey Road Studios.

The crossing in north London is “like a kind of pilgrimage for all Beatles fans,” a tourist told the Irish Independent.

Here are more images from Friday’s gathering:

A man holds a copy of “Abbey Road” near the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing as a faux Fab Four prepares to perform. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

The cast of the West End musical “Let it Be” attempted to re-create the “Abbey Road” cover photo at the Abbey Road zebra crossing on Friday. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

A Beatles fan wears an “Abbey Road” T-shirt outside Abbey Road Studios. (Andy Rain/European Pressphoto Agency)

Beatles fans gather outside Abbey Road Studios to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the “Abbey Road” photo shoot. (Andy Rain/European Presshoto Agency)
J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.



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