5 Things You Didn't Know About Abbey Road

Plus A New Video For Here Comes The Sun

September 26, 2019

Tourists Crossing Abbey Road, 2019 Getty Images


These rock and roll milestones keep coming.

The classic Beatles album Abbey Road was released in Britain September 26, 2019, and in the U.S. a couple of days later.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the iconic album.

1. The album was almost named after a brand of cigarettes. Engineer Geoff Emerick smoked a brand called Everest, and the Beatles thought it would make a great album title. But nobody wanted to travel to Nepal for a photo shoot.

2. The album was recorded at EMI Studios in London, which were renamed Abbey Road after the success of the album.

3. Three of the four Beatles are wearing designer suits while strutting across Abbey Road for the album cover. They were designed by Tommy Nutter, who also created the suit Jack Nicholson wore in the 1989 Batman movie. George went for the denim look instead.

4. The song "Her Majesty" is a hidden track that pops up after the song "The End." It ended up there by mistake. It was originally supposed to be between "Mean Mr. Mustard"and "Polythene Pam" in the  medley, but Paul McCartney didn't like it and had it edited out--the old fashioned way with a razor blade. The engineer tacked it to the end of the tape, and some how it got onto the acetate pressing of the record. Paul liked it, so there it stayed. The first presses of the album do not include the song on the label or album cover.

5. George Harrison wrote "Here Comes The Sun" in Eric Clapton's garden. It's become one of the most popular songs on the album, and a new video was just released in conjunction with the release of the deluxe 50th anniversary box set. The video features the newly remixed version of the song done by George Martin's son Giles.