Most imitated Beatles photo of all time? -- Janis gives back... -- Kiss get a leg up, sort of...

Janis Joplin "Pearl" album cover, Jan. 1971. (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

8/8/1969 (48 years ago today) - The photo session for the cover of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain MacMillan balanced himself on a step-ladder in the middle of the street and snapped a batch of photo's of George, Paul, Ringo and John strolling on the zebra crossing while a local policeman held up traffic. The band then returned to the studio to finish up overdubs on "The End", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "Oh! Darling". A pretty classic afternoon is what you'd call it...

8/8/1970 (47 years ago today) - Kinda makes your heart ache, just a little: Janis Joplin purchased a headstone for the grave of her favorite singer, the legendary Bessie Smith, at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. Following an automobile accident, Bessie died back in 1937 after being refused admission to a whites only hospital.

8/8/1996 (21 years ago today) - Kiss appeared at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum on their 192-date "Alive!" Reunion World Tour. During the show, a fan tossed his prosthetic leg up onto the stage, which all the band members autographed in between songs, then had the audience gradually pass it back down to him. Just another night...

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