The Beatles released their final recorded album Abbey Road on this date (September 26th) in 1969. The famous cover photo of the band walking across the zebra crossing was taken right outside the studio of the same name. Photographer Iain Macmillan was only given 10 minutes to take the photo while standing on a stepladder as police held up traffic. The cover is the only one in the Beatles’ history not to feature the name of the band nor the album title. The album cover has since become one of the most recognizable in music history.
Artist Richard Hamilton designed the classic stark-white cover for the album The Beatles. The band asked Hamilton to design an album cover that completely contrasted their previous psychedelic style, and the artist created the concept for the minimal look of The White Album.
Richard Hamilton passed away in Britain on September 13, 2011, at the age of 89.
Paul McCartney claims that the song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream. McCartney had the melody but not the lyrics, and he originally sang the words “Scrambled eggs/Oh my baby, how I love your legs.” He eventually finished the lyrics and the song has gone on to become one of the most recognizable in history.
In response to the attacks on New York City on September 11th, 2001, Paul McCartney organized the charity concert The Concert for New York City. The show assembled a stellar lineup of legendary performers, including The Who, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and many others. McCartney performed Beatles classics and solo music, along with a new song specifically for the event entitled “Freedom”.
Watch the live video for “Freedom” after the jump!
Apple Records released a compilation of The Beatles’ non-album singles and b-sides in 1970 entitled Hey Jude. The album was originally to be titled The Beatles Again, but was changed at the last minute to promote the “Hey Jude” single. The name change was completed after the labels were printed, so the original pressings still contain this name.
Paul McCartney was on the runway at JFK airport on his way to London when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11th, 2001 and was essential in putting together The Concert for New York City. He is now releasing a documentary of his journey between the events of 9/11 and the concert, featuring behind the scenes footage, live concert rehearsals, intimate interviews and scenes of the artists and celebrities backstage. The documentary The Love We Make airs on Showtime on Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Beatles 1, the 2001 single CD album featuring 27 of The Beatles’ #1 hits in the U.S. and UK, was a worldwide smash success, eventually becoming the best selling album of both the year and the decade, and selling over 41 million albums to date.
The album has been remastered and is now available to download on iTunes.
Visit TheBeatles.com to view the trailer!