The empty streets induced by the coronavirus lockdown allowed for a fresh coat of paint to be applied to the renowned street crossing outside London’s Abbey Road Studios.
The street crossing seen on the cover of the Beatles’ 11th studio album, “Abbey Road,” has been in regular use since the album’s publication in September 1969.
The crossing has been in a permanent state of disrepair for decades due to the swarms of Beatles fans that visit there to recreate a photograph of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr stepping over it.
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The area was designated as a national landmark in 2010. Every year, almost 300,000 die-hards show up.
In the end, it was the fifth of six shots that photographer Iain Macmillan took from a ladder on August 8, 1969, that was picked as the album cover.
At the 50th anniversary celebration in 2019, thousands of enthusiasts flocked to the crossing.
Earlier this week, a road maintenance crew came through and repainted the crossing.
Andrew T. Mackay (“Monsoon”), a film composer based in London, is also the India representative for the studios through his company Bohemia Junction.
Mackay adds, “I fell in love with the Abbey Road studios the first time I was there many years ago.”
It’s the wonderful performers who have recorded there, of course, but also the brilliant team of engineers and employees, and the incredible equipment.
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Abbey Road closed its doors for the first time in the studios’ historic 89-year history on March 24. While the closure was inevitable, the news caught me off guard.
The historic crossing has recently seen an uptick in its fortunes, one bright spot in these otherwise gloomy times.
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