Paul, John & Ringo - Abbey Road, 1967 by Alec Byrne


In June, 1967, three weeks after the release of the Sgt. Pepper’s album, the Beatles took part in the very first worldwide live-via-satellite TV broadcast. Called Our World, the show featured segments from 19 countries and was seen by an estimated 700 million people around the globe. Instead of performing a track from their new LP, the lads played a new song, “All You Need is Love” with help from a live 13-piece orchestra and a few friends including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Graham Nash and Pattie Boyd. The day before the show, which was broadcast from Abbey Road studios, the group appeared for a photo call attended by dozens of photographers eager to take advantage of a rare chance to shoot the band during a new career high.

Alec: "A lot of the newspaper guys had to dash off to meet deadlines on Fleet Street. Working for a weekly I wasn’t in any big rush, so I decided to hang around for a while. After the crush inside, everyone was ready for a little fresh air, including the Beatles. I found myself standing with Paul, John and Ringo, who were out on the forecourt having a cigarette. I asked if they’d mind me taking a few more shots and they said fine. They were the best shots I got that day. It also gave me a chance to talk to them. I asked Ringo if he was nervous about the satellite show and he smiled. 'Not really. I just keep the beat, y’know.’” From LONDON ROCK: The Unseen Archive.

Silver gelatin darkroom print produced for Alec’s London book launch
Signed (front) limited edition 1/75
Other sizes available