McCartney was absent this time, but a year ago, a few weeks before the 49th anniversary of the album's release, he famously crossed that road and posed walking to Abbey Road Studios for an intimate performance for fans.
This September will mark 50 years since the Beatles released their acclaimed Abbey Road album, and like the "White Album" and Sgt. Pepper's. before it, the effort will be treated to an expanded anniversary reissue to mark the occasion.
It's clear that, decades after calling it quits at the height of their powers, the Beatles and their music still resonate deeply, both with original fans and successive generations.
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.
For the uninitiated, the "zebra" crossing that runs across the famed road, gives pedestrians the right-of-way. And though the Abbey Road album - voted by Rolling Stone readers as the best Beatles album ever - proved their penultimate disc, they actually recorded it after the sessions that led to Let It Be, their final disc.More news: Man Outfitted With Weapons, Body Armor Arrested In Walmart
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An estimated 2,000 fans gathered outside the Abbey Road Studios to recreate their own versions on Thursday, which is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the shot by freelance photographer Iain Macmillan.
There will be new stereo, 5.1 Surround and Dolby Atmos mixes presented on multiple formats including a "Super Deluxe" 4-disc box set, 3LP box set and 1LP picture disc. 17 tracks have been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, majority previously unreleased.
He said Abbey Road the album was inspirational.
"The poems in the lyrics are full of love, full of peace, all their lessons are [about] being yourself, be free, do what you want."