Less than a year after Abbey Road was released, rock music's best-selling band had split up, ending a decade-long musical revolution that transformed popular music.
They were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when the Fab Four made the same walk across the iconic road on the same date in 1969, for the cover shoot of their Abbey Road album.
Used as the cover of the band's penultimate studio album, it became one of the most famous images in music history.
Many dressed up to look like the Fab Four as they strolled through London's "zebra" intersection.
The studios, which were later renamed Abbey Road, and the zebra crossing in north London were granted protected status by the government in 2010.
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Fans come from all cornersPhoto Sean Thompson and Jackie Halcrow came from Atlanta in the USA to see "music mecca".
And perhaps, deep down, that's the reason why thousands of fans, including Beatles impersonators and musicians, gathered at the zebra-striped crosswalk on Abbey Road earlier today to take photos, perform songs and reminisce about all things Beatles.
Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969, and was the next-to-last studio effort issued by The Beatles.
To preorder Abbey Road, head here. Each will feature a new stereo mix of the original album from Giles Martin (son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin) and mix engineer Sam Okell, sourced directly form the original eight-track session tapes.
Abbey Road's Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets' 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates.
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