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Inside the story of the ‘Abbey Road’ album cover

When you’re designing an album cover for “the biggest band in the world,” you don’t need to put their name on it. So reasoned John Kosh, the former Apple Records creative director who designed the iconic “Abbey Road” album cover depicting the Beatles crossing the titular street in synchronized step. “It was my decision that you do not need to put their name on the cover because who else could it possibly be?” says Kosh, 75. “And that got me into some hot water with the [Apple Records] parent company, EMI.” Kosh also opted not to put the album’s title on the cover, so that all you see is the famous shot taken by the late photographer Iain Macmillan. But the whole thing ended up being a major rush job. “I’m tr ...