Monday Motivator 42 #Abbey Road

Possibly the most recognized crosswalk in the world.

Abbey Road is a thoroughfare running northwest to southeast in the City of Westwinster, London.  Famous for the 1969 album, ABBEY ROAD by The Beatles.  The album cover is a photograph of the group walking across a zebra crossing based on sketched ideas by Paul McCartney and taken on 8 August 1969 outside the Abbey Road studios.  At approximately 11:30 am, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic.

From left to right, Lennon is leading, followed by Starr, McCartney, and Harrison. McCartney is barefoot. With the exception of Harrison, the group are wearing suits designed by Tommy Nutter. To the left of the picture, parked next to the zebra crossing, is a white VW Bug which belonged to one of the people living in the flats across from the recording studio. After the album was released, the plate (LMW 281F) was stolen repeatedly from the car. In 1986, the car was sold at auction for £2,530. The man standing on the pavement to the right of the picture is Paul Cole (c. 1911 – 13 February 2008), an American tourist unaware he had been photographed until he saw the album cover months later.  Oooopppsss on the photo release.

Abbey Road is the Beatles 11th and final studio album. Although Let It Be was the last album released before the band’s break up in 1970. Work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, and the album was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States.

Abbey Road Studios are located at 3 Abbey Road.  Established in November 1931 by the Gramophone Company, to predecessor to British music company EMI.  It is most notable as being the venue in the 1960s for innovative recording techniques adopted by Pink Floyd and other UK artists.Generations later the studio remains relevant with acts such as Florence and the Machine and the music for the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.


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