Mystery Man On The Abbey Road Cover Revealed

I just read an article about perhaps the most famous photobomb in the history of album artwork. Who was the guy standing off to the side of the road on the Beatles iconic Abbey Road cover? And what was he doing there?

It turns out the photographer, Ian Macmillan was hired to take a series of pictures of the Beatles crossing the street just south of the Abbey Road Studios. Because the street was very busy, the Beatles could only get the police to close the road to motorists for ten minutes. The photographer had the band walk back and forth across the street while he stood on a stepladder.

The Volkswagen pictured on the cover? It just happened to be there. Same with the black cab on the right side. But the man in the brown sport coat on the right side of the street was Paul Cole. He was an American tourist who was waiting for his wife. He’d grow tired of sightseeing, so he decided to hang around outside while his wife was off doing something else. For the record, he thought the men crossing the street were “a bunch of kooks.”

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