The Beatles were the biggest band on the planet when they released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road, but that didn't stop the "fab four" from doing things their own way. Just like their music, the now-iconic album cover for the record broke all the rules, and inspired its own rumors, conspiracy theories and questions that have puzzled Beatlemaniacs since 1969.
You probably have this record in your home right now, but there are small details hidden in the cover that you've never seen before.
If you thought you knew everything about the Beatles, think again. These 5 facts have been hiding in plain sight.
1. The missing title
The biggest secret hiding in the album cover is actually what isn't there. The decision not to put the band's name or the album title on the cover got backlash from the band's record company EMI, but the cover's designer Kosh said "we didn't need to write the band's name on the cover ... They were the most famous band in the world."
2. The police van
Around the time of the album's release, an elaborate conspiracy that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced was becoming popular. To fans, the police van on the right side of the cover is supposed to be proof of the theory.
In fact, it's part of the unglamorous process to take the shot. Cameraman Ian Macmillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the street to take the picture, while a police officer stopped traffic. He only had 10 minutes to snap the iconic photo, but he obviously did a great job.
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