Fifty years ago four men and a photographer caused a bit of traffic delay so they could take a picture for their upcoming album. On Thursday, hundreds of fans delayed traffic so they could participate in a recreation of the iconic photo.
The crosswalk is in a borough of Camden and the city of Westminster in London.
Iain Macmillan took the original photo at 11:35 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1969.
Two months later the band released the album “Abbey Road” on Sept. 26, 1969.
The band released its final album, “Let It Be,” a few months later in May of 1970.
The man in the background of the original Abbey Road photo has been identified as American tourist Paul Cole, according to the Mirror.
He was quoted in the Mirror as one who saw some barefoot men crossing the road.
Cole did not think too highly of such behavior.
“I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks,” Cole said.
“A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time. … You didn’t walk around in London barefoot.”
To mark the 50th anniversary of the album’s release, the coalition of record labels over The Beatles music is releasing a box set of the album.
The “4 Disc Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition” box set has 40 tracks and a 100-page hardbound book with a foreword by Paul McCartney.