We are all now familiar with the iconic album cover for Abbey Road, their eleventh and last studio album together, and the photograph taken by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan of the Fab Four striding across the street’s zebra crossing. Less famous are the photographs taken by Paul McCartney’s wife Linda just prior to them taking those famous steps.
Many theories have sprung up over the years trying to explain what the photograph really means, the most prominent (and widely debunked) theory is that it’s a funeral procession, after Paul had allegedly died on 9 November 1966 in a car crash and had been replaced with a lookalike.
Lennon, clad in all white, is said to symbolize the heavenly figure. Starr, dressed in black, symbolizes the undertaker. Harrison, all in denim, represents the gravedigger; and McCartney, barefoot and out of step with the others, symbolize the corpse.