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The Beatles' Abbey Road Photo Outtakes & Paul Cole

Updated on April 1, 2012
Paul Cole next to the police car
Paul Cole next to the police car
Beatle missteps-Paul in sandals
Beatle missteps-Paul in sandals
Beatles waiting for the "Go" signal to walk across
Beatles waiting for the "Go" signal to walk across
Going across the other way
Going across the other way
Sitting on the Abbey Road steps
Sitting on the Abbey Road steps
Paul Cole in 2007
Paul Cole in 2007

The photo shoot of one of the most iconic, famous rock album covers was The Beatles last LP, Abbey Road. The Beatles also had rock's first iconic rock album cover with their first American LP, Meet The Beatles, a simple black and white yet artistic cover.

The Abbey Road photo session began at 11:30 AM, August 8th,1969, lasted a mere 10 minutes for Lain Macmillen, the photographer to capture that iconic walk across the road to the recording studio. It took him five shots. Also taking photos was Linda MCartney

Besides the Beatles themselves, another man was standing there just by accident, Paul Cole. He lived in Florida and in 1969, he and his wife were vacationing in London, specifically, looking at museums around the Abbey Road studios. They had left one and his wife was excited and went onto another nearby museum while he was taking a break. He started a conversation with the police sitting in the black police car on the cover, asking about London.

It was 11 a.m., Aug. 8, 1969. Photographer Iain McMillan was on a stepladder in the middle of the street, photographing the four Beatles as they walked, single-file, across Abbey Road.

Paul Cole later said, ""I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks, a bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time. You didn't walk around in London barefoot."

When the LP came out, it was his wife to discovered him on the cover in a store. At first, no one believed it even their kids did not. Ironically, there are TWO "Pauls" on the cover!

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