The Beatles gathered at EMI Studios (3 Abbey Rd, London) on the morning of Friday 8th August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Ian Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.
Prior to the shoot, Paul McCartney had sketched his ideas for the cover, to which Macmillan added a more detailed illustration. (image 1)
A policeman held the traffic as Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.
Scan - “A famous picture of a famous picture being taken. This shot was eventually used on the cover of Life magazine. They couldn’t believe that [the] photographer was using flash in the middle of the day,” as Dezo Hoffmann recalled.
Photo: Dezo Hoffmann
“It was a Thursday, and we were out doing stuff. My mom told us we weren’t going to school the next day. Then she told us what was going on and said we couldn’t tell anybody. You want to act cool, like you’re not fazed, but inside it’s pretty much, ‘Wow, the Beatles are in my house!’… They were just real playful. They were like kids.” - Linda Pollak-Sullivan, who was 15 years old when LIFE arranged for The Beatles to visit her family’s house in Miami; quoted in LIFE Reunion Special, 1995