Wednesday, August 8, 2012
On August 8, 1969, Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan took the cover photo for The Beatles' 11th and last recorded album, Abbey Road. He had initially met Yoko Ono in 1966. The Beatles recorded most of their music at the EMI Studios on Abbey Road, St John's Wood, London, and decided to name their last album after the road. A policeman was hired to control traffic; Iain used a stepladder and took six pictures of the Beatles at the zebra crossing. His fifth photo (out of six) was the only photo in which the four Beatles are in step with one another. After the album’s release in the fall of 1969, the license plate on the white Volkswagen (LMW 281F) was repeatedly stolen.