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Beatles news: 'Let It Be' cast to honor album milestone; Macca winner's blog

The scene in 2009 as fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
The scene in 2009 as fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The four cast members of the British Beatles tribute show “Let It Be” will lead fans in a commemorative walk across London's Abbey Road 45 years to the minute when the Fab Four first did it themselves, it was announced Aug. 1.

Beatles fans crowd the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing to watch a tribute band recreate the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' Album cover on the 40th anniversary to the minute of when the original image was taken on August 8, 2009 in London, England.
Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The event is being organized by Richard Porter, who himself knows about Beatles walks. He is a professional tour guide who has been leading Beatles tours for 20 years. He's also the man behind Beatles In, which features London tours of areas frequented by the group, and the Beatles Coffee Shop in London.

It was Aug. 8, 1969, when the Beatles traveled across a zebra crossing in St. John's Wood for a photo session with Ian Macmillan for their upcoming album. The album was titled “Abbey Road” in honor of the recording studio where the Beatles had done so many recording sessions.

The photo session and later the album cover made the street world famous. Tourists do their own crossings imitating the cover daily. A webcam is focused on the crossing 24 hours a day.

The anniversary celebration will features the singing of Beatles songs by the cast of the West End show “Let It Be” and a Beatles sing-a-long at approximately 11:20 a.m. Then, at 11:35 a.m., the cast dressed as the four Beatles will take fans across the crossing.

Macca winner spreads the news: Leslie Sampson, aka KJ Hamilton, who won the meet-and-greet Paul McCartney in San Francisco contest, tells Beatles Examiner she has started a webpage to detail the whole experience. The first post includes how she learned she had won and what happen when she broke the news to her Mom, who is going with her to meet Paul.

Here's part of what she's written in the opening installment: “'Hello?' 'Mom? Oh my God, guess what?' 'What? What's wrong?' 'WE ARE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO TO SEE PAUL!' I screamed.” But she says she forget to tell her they would meet him. She called her back.

“'Uh, Mom. Let me read you what we've won.' 'OK.' So I read it to her and when I was finished, I said in the calmest voice I could muster: 'We get to meet the man. We get to actually meet Paul.'

"In her calmest voice, Mom replied: 'Uh, hold on a minute. I need to lay the phone down.' 'OK.' I heard her put down her phone, walk down the hall from her bedroom to the living room where my father sat and scream: 'I GET TO MEET PAUL!'” She says she'll add more as time goes on. It's definitely worth a bookmark.