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08/08/1969 Macmillan takes the cover photo of the Beatles album Abbey Road

The front cover design, a photograph of the group on a zebra crossing, was based on ideas sketched by McCartney and taken outside EMI Studios in Abbey Road. At 11:35 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up traffic behind the camera.


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