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'Mystery man' on the cover of The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album basically pulled off the world's greatest photobomb

Mirror logo Mirror 3/14/2018 Vicki Newman
a group of people walking down the street: Credits: Hinckley Times © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Hinckley Times

Photobombing the lasting memories of total strangers is something most of us have done on a night out.

But none have ended up quite as iconic as this one.

The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover features probably the greatest photobomb of all time - and it was a complete accident.

But did you ever spot it?

On the cover of the 1969 album, the Fab Four walk in a line across a zebra crossing in North West London.

And in the background, a mystery man stands at the side of the road.

a person making a funny face: Credits: www.alamy.com © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: www.alamy.com He's the only other person on the perfectly timed picture and apparently was there completely by accident.

The man, wearing a brown jacket and white shirt, was tracked down a number of years later, but not before a number of people claimed it was them.

He is in fact an American tourist named Paul Cole, who was standing waiting for his wife when the famous photograph was captured.

He once told The Mirror: "[I told her] 'I’ve seen enough museums. I’ll just stay out here and see what’s going on outside'."

a group of people posing for a photo: Credits: Youtube © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Youtube It was at that moment that he was struck by the sight of four men striding across the road, especially by the fact that one of them - Paul McCartney - wasn't wearing any shoes.

He said: "I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks.

"A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time.

"You didn’t walk around in London barefoot."

Paul was later shocked to see himself standing in the background on the cover of the album.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr posing for a photo: Credits: Hulton Archive © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Hulton Archive

He added: "I saw the album and I recognized myself right away.

a group of people posing for the camera: Credits: Liverpool Echo © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Liverpool Echo "I had a new sports jacket on and I’d just bought new shell-rimmed glasses.

"I said to my children, 'Get a magnifying glass out and you’ll see me'."

He sadly died in 2008, at the age of 98.

Related slideshow: All 213 Beatles Songs Ranked, From Worst to Best (via NYmag.com)

UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01:  Photo of BEATLES; L-R: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon - posed, group shot - jumping on wall, Used on the Twist & Shout EP cover  (Photo by Fiona Adams/Redferns) All 213 Beatles Songs Ranked, From Worst to Best


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