Abbey Road Album CoverPaul McCartney is pictured walking barefoot on the Abbey Road album cover. He later explained that it was warm that day and he just decided to take his shoes off.

The album cover was shot on August 8, 1969, with photographer Iain Macmillan, in a brief 10-minute session.

Queen Elizabeth II decorated the Beatles with Order of British Empire 1965Running just 23 seconds long, “Her Majesty” is the shortest song in the Beatles official catalog. It was originally to be placed between “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam” on their Abbey Road album. Paul McCartney decided that the sequence didn’t work and the song was edited out of the medley by studio tape operator John Kurlander. Kurlander placed the edited out song after fourteen seconds of lead out tape at the end of the Abbey Road master tape. The original intention was to not have “Her Majesty” appear on the album, but they liked the “accident” and decided to keep it.

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At a total time of 8:22, the longest Beatles track ever officially released is “Revolution 9” from the album The Beatles (better known as The White Album). The recording is not so much of a song, but more of an avant garde sound collage.

Though credited to Lennon/McCartney (as was the songwriting partnership tradition), Paul McCartney had the least to do with the track compared to the other Beatles. It was primarily the work of John Lennon, with some contributions from Yoko Ono, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Young George Harrison with Guitar George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, on February 25, 1943, to Louise (née French), a Liverpool shop assistant, and Harold Hargreaves Harrison, a bus conductor. George was the last of four children, and he was born in the house where he lived for his first six years: 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool.