Hey, wasn’t John Lennon the "smart’" Beatle with glasses?  Never-before-seen photos of the Beatles prove that Paul McCartney also wore glasses, something millions of his avid fans never knew.

Seems McCartney, the "cute Beatle," was rarely photographed wearing his glasses because he felt they didn’t fit with his image. But in a just-released series of rare photos taken of the Fab Four in the Abbey Road studios recording “With a Little Help From My Friends,” McCartney can be seen (above) wearing black horn rims. And he looks a bit like Elvis Costello or Damien Hirst.

The shots were taken by acclaimed photographer Frank Herrmann on March 30, 1967, exactly 40 years ago. Later that day, the Liverpool lads posed for the cover of the legendary "Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

According to an article in The Mail on Sunday’s Live Night and Day magazine, cameramen were rarely given entry to recording sessions. Some of the negatives have been lost, but thanks to digital technology, prints have been made from contact sheets Herrmann had stored in a box for 40 years.   

A private viewing of the photos and contact sheets will be held on June 1, 2007, at the Saint Giles Street Gallery in Norwich, England. The gallery is owned by David Koppel, who was in West Hollywood this week checking out the local galleries and venue for future exhibitions. To see more never-before-seen candid Beatles photos– including more of Paul in glasses — all available in limited editions, check out the gallery’s website.

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Some of Herrmann’s unseen photos will be included in a new book that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album titled "Summer of Love: The Making of Sergeant Pepper," written by George Martin (with William Pearson), published by Genesis Publications. For more information, go to

Photo Credits: Copyright Frank Herrmann/St. Giles St. Gallery

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead