On September 26, 1969, the last Beatles album was released , which would become the best-selling record ever. John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr stroll placidly across the iconic cover, knowing that this would be the last act in the band’s history.
In 2012, Rolling Stones magazine listed “Abbey Road” among the 500 best albums ever. The album that ended the Beatles story
In June 1969 George Martin was recalled by Paul with the aim of starting from scratch and recording a new album. The four decide to return to the walls of Abbey Road, where they had recorded their best records. “We knew this was the end , ”said George Martin. “It was as if there was an unspoken agreement: let’s do it in the best way possible.” The cover On August 8, 50 years ago, the Beatles left EMI Recording Studios in London to cross the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing in single file. With photographer Iain Macmillan poised on a ladder and a traffic cop stopping traffic, the Beatles crossed the street back and forth three times, with John Lennon in the lead, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Only six photos were taken, of which the fifth was chosen for the cover of the penultimate Beatles studio album, Abbey Road, which takes its name from the tree-lined avenue where the recording studios are located. Today the pedestrian crossing of that street is one of the most photographed places in the world, visited by thousands of Beatles fans every year. John Lennon
The song that opens the album and “Come together”, written by Lennon for the electoral campaign of Timothy Leary, LSD guru. A song full of references to drugs and full of double meanings (“come together” and both a political invitation, “let’s get together”, and a sexual reference “let’s come together”). Also to John Lennon we owe “Because”, inspired by Yoko Ono who was playing on Beethoven’s “In the moonlight” piano. George Harrison
George Harrison’s are “Here comes the sun”, composed on the lawn of his friend Eric Clapton’s villa, and “Something”, intended for his friend Joe Cocker, which Frank Sinatra called “the best love song ever written”. Ringo Star
By Ringo Star and instead “Octopus Garden”, inspired by a story that the drummer had had the opportunity to hear on board Peter Sellers’ boat in Sardinia. There the captain had told him about a phantom life of octopuses at the bottom of the sea. McCartney
McCartney, on the other hand, owes the idea of ​​the long medley, then an avant-garde idea, which combines nine mini songs (You Never Give Me Your Money / Sun King / Mean Mr Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through the Bathroom Window / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Her Majesty).The farewell of the Beatles
The disc ends ideally with “The End”. Among the curious things, “The End” contains three guitar solos, to which is added the only solo by Ringo Starr on drums in the entire history of the Beatles. Indelible are the words that close the song, and the farewell of the Beatles :
And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make READ ALSO: “Let it be” by The Beatles invites us to take life lightly

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