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  • The Album Was Originally Titled 'Everest,' And The Band Planned To Shoot The Cover On The Mountain on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#1) The Album Was Originally Titled 'Everest,' And The Band Planned To Shoot The Cover On The Mountain

    The Beatles initially planned to title the album Everest, an inside joke intended to mock engineer Geoff Emerick - whose favorite cigarettes were a brand of the same name. After the group decided on the title, they wanted to travel to Mount Everest and take the cover photo there - until someone put a stop to the complicated plan.

    Engineer John Kurlander recalled: 

    As they became more enthusiastic to finish the LP someone - I don't remember whom - suggested, 'Look, I can't be bothered to schlep all the way over to the Himalayas for a cover, why don't we just go outside, take the photo there, call the LP Abbey Road and have done with it?'

    That's my memory of why it became Abbey Road: because they couldn't be bothered to go to Tibet and get cold!

  • 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' Was About Crazed Beatles Fans on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#14) 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' Was About Crazed Beatles Fans

    The story behind "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" began with a group of women referred to as the Apple Scruffs - a name given to Beatles groupies who would often find their way into McCartney's home. Margo Bird, a fan, later explained:

    There were really two groups of Apple Scruffs - those who would break in and those who would just wait outside with cameras and autograph books. I used to take Paul's dog for a walk and got to know him quite well.

    One day, McCartney's neighbors notified him that people had been breaking into his home and getting in through his bathroom window. The line, "Sunday's on the phone to Monday, Tuesday's on the phone to me," was inspired by the call from his neighbors.

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    (#3) Nobody Liked 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'

    The legend is true - nobody in the band liked Paul McCartney's "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," and particularly loathed his tendency to write somewhat corny songs. George Harrison said in 1977:

    Sometimes Paul would make us do these really fruity songs. I mean, my god, Maxwell's Silver Hammer was so fruity. After a while we did a good job on it, but when Paul got an idea or an arrangement in his head...

    John Lennon later said he hated it and that McCartney forced the band to record the song "a hundred million times."

  • John Lennon Brought A Bed Into The Studio For Yoko Ono on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#2) John Lennon Brought A Bed Into The Studio For Yoko Ono

    One of the most interesting facts about the recording of Abbey Road was the presence of a double bed in the recording studio that housed John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. It wasn't just a random, bizarre scenario, though - Ono was pregnant and recovering from a car accident she and Lennon were involved in just a short time before the first day of recording.

    Lennon, who is said to have been a bad driver, was driving with his family when he swerved off the road and into a ditch. He and Ono's daughter sustained some cuts, while Ono suffered a back injury.

    As a result of her injuries, Ono was given a bed at the studio - complete with a microphone so that she could voice her opinions throughout the sessions. 

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    (#11) Harrison Recorded A Solo On 'Here Comes The Sun' That Was Lost For Decades

    In 2012, George Harrison's son, Dhani, came together with George Martin and his son, Giles, and listened to the original sessions for "Here Comes The Sun," an Abbey Road standout and Harrison classic. Midway through listening, they discovered a lost solo in the middle of the song that was cut from the final version of the song. 

    Despite the Beatles' archives being carefully preserved and tended to over the course of many years, nobody was previously aware that Harrison's "Sun" solo existed - including the producer himself. 

  • Everyone Praised George Harrison's 'Something' - Even Frank Sinatra on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#9) Everyone Praised George Harrison's 'Something' - Even Frank Sinatra

    Everyone in the band felt very strongly about George Harrison's "Something," praising the guitarist for his writing abilities. At the time, Harrison was being underutilized as a songwriter, but Abbey Road found him contributing both "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun."

    McCartney later said:

    I thought it was George's greatest track - with 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' They were possibly his best three. Until then he had only done one or two songs per album. I don't think he thought of himself very much as a songwriter.  

    Amusingly, Frank Sinatra - who covered the song at performances - used to tell the audience that "Something" was his favorite Lennon/McCartney song. 

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Abbey Road is the 11th studio album released by the British rock band The Beatles in 1969. The cover is named after the location of EMI Studios in London. The figure on the cover is a crowd crossing the zebra crossing. The image has become one of the most famous and popular pop music symbols. 

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