New Abbey Road photo?

A photo which looks like it’s from Paul and Linda’s arrival for the photo session.

Seen here is a photo which looks like it’s taken the day of the Abbey Road photo shoot, looking at the clothes Paul and Linda are wearing. Kevin Harrington, who was a stand-in in the preliminary photo taken the day before, is with them.

In the foreground is a uniformed chap, and it looks like a police uniform. Could this be what is described in some accounts of the photo shoot, the policeman who was there to hold up the traffic? Or perhaps it’s the E.M.I. studios doorman. It could even be that the doorman was holding up the traffic, and some may have thought he was a policeman. This theory is supported by the fact that  the police van was a latecomer to the photo session and only appeared in the final two photos of the six attempts photographer Iain Macmillan did for the front cover of the album.

Paul and Linda arrives at the E.M.I. studios in Abbey Road

Check out our full story of the Abbey Road photo shoot here.

14 Responses

  1. So, who called the Bobby…oh yeah who’s the only one couldn’t stop traffic, even when he took off his hobnailed boots with and without holier stocking’s? 🤣🎞🎥📽🎬 🐛 🪲 🐞 🐛 🎸 🥁

  2. Gary says:

    Judging by the age of the guy and the absence of a helmet, I’m more inclined to think studio security man.

  3. Blakey says:

    A great find, cheers Roger. The gentleman is almost certainly a police officer. Although blurred, those things on his shoulders will almost certainly be his epaulette numbers.

  4. Patsounds The Netherlands. says:

    But Paul has shoes on his feet? No sandals?

  5. Larsaf says:

    Thanks for the preliminary photo, which I had never seen before. Apparently the infamous VW Beetle was already in that same spot on that day.

  6. Franco Alvear says:

    Paul is wearing a t-shirt (pale pink) under his jacket in this one. Also he’s wearing shoes.
    On the actual Abbey Road photo session he is wearing a pale blue shirt and sandals.
    So…, no. It’s not from that day.
    Maybe the day before or after.

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