The Beatles Abbey Road album cover: What are the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory ‘clues’?

The Beatles Abbey Road album cover: What are the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory ‘clues’?

Cameron recreates famous Beatles' Abbey Road album cover

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It was 52 years ago today that The Beatles’ Abbey Road album hit No 1 in the UK charts. The record’s cover is one of the most famous in music history showing a photograph of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios. Paul came up with the idea and on August 8, 1969 at 11:35am, photographer Iain Macmillan had just 10 minutes to snap The Beatles from a stepladder, while a policeman held up traffic.

Six photos were taken and Paul chose his favourite for the Abbey Road album cover.

Fans will know that in the background of the shot there is a parked Volkswagen Beetle, that belonged to people living in a flat near the recording studios.

After the album was released, they saw their number plate stolen a few times, so in the end decided to sell the car at auction.

And since the album was released in 1969 it has been analysed by believers of the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy theory, which claimed The Beatles legend had died in 1966 and been replaced by a lookalike.

Apparently, the Volkswagen Beetle’s number plate of LMW 281F supposedly referred to the fact Paul would be 28-years-old if he was still alive.

While LMW was believed to stand for Linda McCartney Weeps, referencing Paul’s wife who he married that year.

If that weren’t enough, “clues” were supposedly found based on what The Beatles are wearing in the Abbey Road album cover.

It’s argued that John Lennon represented a priest as he was dressed in white, followed by Ringo Starr the undertaker in black.

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Behind Ringo is Paul McCartney, barefoot and in a suit apparently representing the dead corpse of the real Paul.

And at the back is George Harrison dressed in double denim, supposedly the work clothes of the gravedigger.

Paul ended up parodying the conspiracy theory with the cover of his 1993 live album Paul is Live.

In 1969 The Beatles also had their recording sessions for their final album, 1970’s Let It Be.

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Director Peter Jackson’s documentary is a revisionist take on the original Let It Be film and will argue that the band didn’t want to break up.

Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back arrives on Disney+ on November 25, 26 and 27, 2021.

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