Happy birthday this week to The Beatles album, Abbey Road. There has been plenty of publicity around The Beatles over the past few weeks given the re-release of their collection via remastered recordings plus the release of The Beatles edition of Guitar Hero.
Abbey Road was the final album recorded by the band although Let It Be became the last album published by The Beatles. Rolling Stone magazine voted Abbey Road the 14th best album of all time.
The album featured some of The Beatles best work, including "Something" and "Come Together" coupled with side two's tightly woven suite of songs. Perhaps the component of the album which received the most scrutiny, though, was the cover photograph which shows white-suited John Lennon, Ringo Starr, barefooted Paul McCartney and George Harrison walking across Abbey Road. In the photo, McCartney is walking out of step with the others. That, coupled with his lack of shoes, gave credence to the "Paul is dead" rumor of the late 1960's, which suggested that Paul died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike in the band.