Paul Cole Passes at 96. Wait, Who?
I remember when my brother came home one day with the new release from The Beatles. It was called "Abbey Road."
Released Sept. 26, 1969, it was the band's final studio album before the breakup the following year. It contains two masterpieces of George Harrison and more musical magic from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Oh, and I cannot forget Ringo Starr's "Octopus' Garden" and the drum solo in "The End" (still the greatest!)
While listening to every single note of this record, I studied that album cover from front to back. Now many years later, I look back and realized that John and George are gone -- and today another face in the photo has passed. He is in one of the most famous album covers of all times. He might be even considered to be the first photo bomber. His name is Paul Cole, a retired salesman who can be seen standing on the sidewalk of Abbey Road, just behind the Beatles as they were crossing the street during the photo session for the iconic album cover.
Here is his story and how it happened.