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.

The Beatles Let It Be album coverPaul McCartney was the sole Beatle wearing a beard during the recording and filming of the ‘Let It Be’ album and movie. Ironically, he was the only Beatle without a beard on the cover of ‘Abbey Road’, which was recorded the same year as ‘Let It Be’ (1969).

Paul McCartney and George Harrison - teenagers with guitarsPaul McCartney and George Harrison first met on a bus while the two were schoolboys. They rode the bus together going to and from the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and found they shared an interest in music and playing guitars. Harrison recalled, “It was on that bus journey that I met Paul McCartney, because he, being at the same school, had the same uniform and was going the same way as I was so I started hanging out with him.”

When McCartney was in John Lennon’s skiffle band The Quarrymen, he strongly urged Lennon to allow Harrison to join the band as lead guitarist. After all, George could play “Raunchy” (by Bill Justice) and that was quiet impressive. Lennon thought the fifteen-year-old Harrison to be far too young, but eventually he relented.

Billy Preston played the organ on the song “Let It Be” and the Fender Rhodes electric piano on “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” during the recording of the Let It Be album and film (earlier called Get Back). George Harrison brought Preston in to temporarily ease some of the tension in the studio during the tumultuous sessions. Also, the Beatles intended to record the tracks “live”, with no overdubbing, so it helped to have a fifth musician playing keyboards. At one point during the sessions, John Lennon suggested that Billy could join the band as the “Fifth Beatle”, but Paul McCartney nixed the idea saying that it was bad enough with four.

The “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” single was credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. This was the only time an outsider was given this type of credit on an official Beatles-sanctioned release. Tony Sheridan had shared credit on some Hamburg-era recordings, but these were unsanctioned reissues on which the Beatles were primarily the backing group.

Preston also played Hammond organ on the tracks “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Something” that appeared on the Abbey Road album.

The Beatles first met Billy Preston in 1962 when he was part of Little Richard’s touring band. Manager Brian Epstein had organized a Liverpool show in which the Beatles opened for.