“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.” - John Lennon (“Imagine”, 1971)
The Beatles’ eleventh studio album “Abbey Road” was released 50 years ago today, featuring hit singles like “Something” and “Come Together”. Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan snapped the famous shot of Lennon leading the band in a single file line on the street outside EMI Studios on Abbey Road. The album's working title was “Everest”, inspired by sound engineer Geoff Emerick’s favorite brand of cigarettes, and the band even briefly considered flying to the Himalayas to shoot the cover art — but walking across the street outside the studio was a bit easier to accomplish. Half a century after its debut, “Abbey Road” has sold more than 12 million copies and its zebra crossing cover art is one of the most recognized and parodied off all time.