Guy Named Paul Who Appeared On The Cover Of “Abbey Road” Is Dead

noah | February 19, 2008 12:30 pm

And from that headline, you probably figured that the Paul of whom I speak is not the freedom-loving guy who’s currently tussling with his ex-wife in court. Paul Cole, also known as “the guy who was in the background while the Beatles were crossing the street in 1969,” passed away last week in Pensacola, Fla. Cole was on vacation in London the day that the cover shoot happened, and he’d taken time out to chat up a policeman when the Fab Four took their walk across the street. As Cole recalled in 2004: “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.” Imagine what he’d think of today’s shoeless, braless, everything-elseless tabloid targets! []