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.

4 Responses to “Which Beatle is barefoot on the cover of Abbey Road?”

  1. Bettie Martindale Says:

    For the sake of adding names to ALL the people in this picture, I should advise that the name of the onlooker on the pavement just behind John Lennon is Mr. Percival William Leslie Martindale. He is my father. I have no verification of this information because I can’t find a similar photo of him. He died in 1975. He was living near Highgate Archway at the time and was taking a long stroll home (probably from a pub). He remembered some commotion at the crossing that caught his attention but he said that when he looked he didn’t see the Beatles, or anybody, crossing the road. That rather supports my suspicion that the cover might have been a “cut and paste” job (before Photoshop existed of course).

  2. BeatlesTrivia Says:

    @Bettie, thanks for the comment. The gentleman has been identified as Paul Cole, an American tourist visiting London. He claims to have seen “those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks.” There’s more info here on Wikipedia and here.

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  4. Bill M Says:

    Bettie, you are most likely 100% correct. Shots were taken before the Beatles were brought out of the studio, maybe even on previous days. Once the photographer had it all set, the Beatles were called out and within 10 minutes a few shots were taken. It is called preparation, not cut and paste.

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