Amazing Facts

Facts about Abbey Road









1. Originally built in 1831, the Gramophone Company bought the
Georgian townhouse for £100,000 in 1929, before opening it as a
state-of-the-art recording studio three years later. The Gramophone
Company would later merge with Columbia Graphophone Company to form
EMI.



2. The studios are a quick five minute walk from the St. John's Wood
Underground Station. The studios, however, are not based anywhere
near Abbey Road station, a soon-to-open Docklands Light Railway stop
in Stratford, East London that is due to open later this year.



3. Initially used by the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, its
first exposure to rock music came in 1958 when Cliff Richard
recorded "Move It" there, a track often cited as the first European
rock and roll single.



4. The studios were used for propaganda recordings for the British
Government during the Second World War.



5. The first British artist to record a No.1 hit single at Abbey
Road was Eddie Calvert, whose 1954 recording of Oh Mein Papa topped
the charts for nine weeks.



6. The Beatles are unquestionably the act most associated with Abbey
Road, with the band having recorded 90 per cent of their output in
the North London complex with legendary producer George Martin at
the helm. The band's first proper session in 1962 resulted in their
first hit single Love Me Do, their final stint in 1969 saw them
record their swansong album ‘Abbey Road’, named in tribute to the
studio that had helped form their sound.



7. As well as revolutionising popular culture, the Beatles time at
Abbey Road saw the group help pioneer many new studio techniques,
with such innovations as flanging and eight track recording
appearing first on Fab Four records.



8. Pink Floyd ‘s multi-million selling Dark Side of the Moon,
Radiohead’s breakthrough album The Bends and Oasis’s height of
Britpop long-player Be Here Now are among the many notable
recordings to have been cut at the studio.



9. A long list of classic movie soundtracks have also been recorded
at Abbey Road, including Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of The Lost
Ark and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.



10. The Volkswagen Beetle parked next to the zebra crossing on the
Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album sleeve, belonged to one of the
people living in the apartment across from the recording studio.
After the album came out, the number plate was stolen repeatedly
from the car. In 1986, the car was sold at an auction for $23,000
and is currently on display at the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg,
Germany.

   
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