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Photographer Iain Macmillan fired off just six snaps of John, Paul, George and Ringo — The Beatles — striding single-file across a zebra crossing while a police officer stopped traffic on Abbey Road.

Key points:

  • The image was taken at 11:35am on August 8, 1969
  • It became the cover image of Abbey Road, The Beatles' 11th studio album
  • Less than a year after the album was released on September 26, 1969, the band had split up

Fifty years on from that moment on August 8, 1969, it is estimated the suburban crossing in London, England, is photographed at least six times every hour, as thousands of fans seek to imitate what became one of the most enduring images in pop culture.

That count surged yesterday as fans gathered, some travelling from across the globe, to celebrate the milestone anniversary.




The Beatles detailed expanded 50th anniversary editions of their classic 1969 album, Abbey Road. The new editions will be available on September 27 and feature a remixed version of the LP along with previously unreleased outtakes and demos from the recording sessions.

Each of the new Abbey Road 50th anniversary editions come with the updated album remixed from the original eight-track session tapes. The Super Deluxe Edition comes with 23 outtake and demo tracks, including “The Long One” rehearsal of the Abbey Road side two medley, and a Blu-ray disc containing a Dolby Atmos mix of the record, a 5.1 surround mix of the album and a hi-res stereo mix of the album. Also included is a 100-page hardback book containing never-before-seen photos, track-by-track analysis and session notes, a foreword by Paul McCartney and more.

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The Beatles' upcoming expanded box set of 1969's Abbey Road promises another treasure trove of previously unheard music. But with no track listing available yet, eager fans are left to guess about just what will be included on the reissue.

Will we finally get an officially released version of the medley in its intended order? George Harrison's lost guitar solo on "Here Comes the Sun"? The extended version of "Carry That Weight"? "Her Majesty" with John Lennon on slide?

Until the official news arrives, it's all conjecture. But here's a deeper look at some of the most intriguing leftovers from the sessions that produced Abbey Road.

First, note that many of these songs began their lives well before the album's main recording dates in the summer of 1969. The Beatles' initial run-throughs of "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam" actually date back to the White Album demo sessions on May 29, 1968, at George Harrison's Kinfauns estate in Esher.



It Was 50 Years Ago Today - Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Why did The Beatles cross the road 50 years ago? Abbey Road, to be exact?

It wasn’t to create an iconic image, though they did. Nor did they intend to spark conspiracy theories that Paul McCartney was dead. (He’s barefoot and out-of-step with his bandmates on the “Abbey Road” album cover. What else could that mean?)

The reality is much more practical. On Aug. 8, 1969, The Beatles simply needed a cover photo for their next album.

But the significance, though unknown at the time, would be much greater. “Abbey Road” was the band’s final album together. And the last time all four band members worked together was Aug. 20, 1969. They broke up the following year.

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In the 60s, the Beatles wowed thousands of people all across the planet with their music. Four trendy men made themselves living legends and their songs became well-known by all generations…

The Beatles, the group that shook up the crowd. A group of four guys, adored by their thousands of fans all around the world. A group that rocked us for a decade before they split up. Ten years together that bonded them for life. Unfortunately, the friendship between these four men was shattered when John Lennon was killed by a deranged fan on 8th December 1980. 20 years later, George Harrison passed away as a result of lung cancer on 29th November 2001.

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Ringo Starr brought out The Beach Boys to play The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ during a recent performance in Chicago.

Starr and his band were booked as headliners for the Ravinia Festival, one of oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. As Starr rolled through a series of hits taken from his extensive back catalogue, the former Beatles drummer successfully combined material from his solo career with that of the band in a rousing performance.

Having played fan favourites such as ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, Yellow Submarine and more, Starr also produced cover versions of Toto, Buck Owens and Carl Perkins in a fulfilled performance. For his final act though, the 79-year-old had something very special planned to close the show.

Having seen The Beach Boys perform at the festival the same day, Starr invited Mike Love and the band back to the stage for a performance of 1967 Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.




When Beatles fans in America think of “Beatlemania” and the 1964 British Invasion, most think of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as the signature song of that moment. They have good reason to do so: That track represented the band’s first No. 1 hit on this side of the Atlantic.

However, the Fab Four had notched several No. 1 hits in the UK by February of ’64. “Please Please Me,” the band’s first huge success on the charts, went all the way to No. 2 in early ’63. That April, “From Me to You” became the first chart-topping single on the Beatles’ resume.

In July , The Beatles were the dominant force in British pop and went to EMI studios on Abbey Road to record their next single. Prior to the actual recording session, the band took some publicity photos outside.


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We’re stepping back in to the Far Out Magazine Vault to revisit the iconic moment when John Lennon performed his classic song ‘Imagine’ live on television in 1972.

The performance, coming as part of ‘The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon’, broadcast from the Americana Hotel on 7th Avenue in New York City. With Yoko Ono on the keyboard, the duo were backed up by Elephant’s Memory band and rolled through a rendition of ‘Imagine’ as well as Yoko’s political song ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

Introducing the pair to the stage, Lewis described Ono and Lennon as “…two of the most unusual people in all the world, and I don’t mean just in the world of entertainment. They fit no patterns, meet no standards except the standard of excellence. Ladies and Gentlemen, John Lennon and Yoko.”



How Did The Beatles Get Their Name? - Monday, August 05, 2019

While there are a lot of bands who are straightforward about the origin of their names, The Beatles was not one of them. Despite the fact that The Beatles was a legendary group and their name is known all around the world, even to this day, not many people have any idea why they are called “The Beatles.”

If you’re curious about how The Beatles got their famous name, read on below to learn more about this interesting tidbit.
The Beatles started with The Quarrymen

Before The Beatles was even a thing, there was a group known as The Quarrymen. This band was started in the 1950s by John Lennon and a few schoolmates from Quarry Bank High School.

Paul McCartney joined the group in 1957 after seeing them play live. George Harrison also joined a year later.

By 1960, Lennon began studying at the Liverpool College of Art and his former schoolmates left the band. Thus, “The Quarrymen” no longer felt like a fitting name since the group was not made up of Quarry Bank students anymore. They decided to come up with a new name.


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It was perhaps prophetic The Rose Queen was paraded on a float that bright July day.

Picked from a local Sunday school, ribbons and homemade roses in her hair, she perched shyly on her throne and waved regally to the merry residents assembled along the streets of Woolton, Liverpool, on July 6 1957.

Following less elegantly was another float, an old coal truck, with a raggle taggle band of schoolboys playing instruments and singing loudly on its trailer.

One young lad sat with his skinny legs in drainpipes dangling off the back, strumming his guitar and blasting out his tune.

This was skiffle band The Quarrymen, and that was John Lennon, en-route to entertain visitors at Woolton's St Peter's Church summer fete – and unbeknown to him, make history.

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