The Beatles – Abbey Road

The world famous Abbey Road zebra crossing where the Beatles walked across for the "Abbey Road" album cover.

The world famous Abbey Road zebra crossing where the Beatles walked across for the “Abbey Road” album cover.

3 Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, Westminsiter, London, England.

Undoubtedly the most famous pedestrian crossing in the world, the front cover of The Beatles Abbey Road was photographed just outside the EMI recording studio (now Abbey Road Studios) where the Beatles were recording their final album. Based on an idea by Paul McCartney, the iconic photo was taken on August 8, 1969 around 11;30 am that morning by photographer Iain Macmillan. Given only ten minutes to setup and take the photo, Macmillan stood on a step-ladder while police held up traffic.

The crosswalk has become a tourist destination for Beatles and rock and roll fans from all over the world who photograph themselves walking in the Beatles footsteps.

The white Volkswagen Beetle parked next to the zebra crossing, belonged to one of the people living in the block of flats across from the recording studio.  After the album was released, the number plate (LMW 281F) was stolen repeatedly from the car.  In 1986, the car was sold at auction for £2,530and in 2001 was on display in a museum in Germany.  The man standing on the pavement to the right of the picture is Paul Cole, an American tourist unaware he had been photographed until he saw the album cover months later.

The album, Abbey Road, was released on September 26, 1969, was the last album recorded by the Beatles (though Let It Be, recorded earlier, was released later). Many critics regard it as one of the greatest albums of all time and it is the group’s best selling album.

Abbey Road Studios (formerly known as EMI Studios) is mostly associated with the Beatles who recorded almost all of their albums there from 1962 – 1970 and several of the band member’s solo works. Other artists who have recorded at the studio include: Pink Floyd (including Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here), Deep Purple, Duran Duran, Rush, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Oasis, Kid Rock, U2, and Sting.

Required Listening:

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus’s Garden
  6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  11. Golden Slumbers
  12. Carry That Weight
  13. The End



The Abbey Road crossing near Abbey Road Studios.

The Abbey Road crossing near Abbey Road Studios.

 

The Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover.

The Beatles “Abbey Road” album cover.

 

Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums.  (photo:  Misterweiss)

Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums. (photo: Misterweiss)

 

 

Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums.  (photo:  portum)

Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums. (photo: portum)

 

Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI Studios).

Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI Studios).

 

Map of Abbey Road Studios

Map of Abbey Road Studios.