Abbey Road Studios is celebrating 80 years of glorious recordings. The studio is located at No. 3 Abbey Road in St. John’s Wood, London. Its roots trace back to the Gramophone Company, which converted a century-old nine-bedroom Georgian townhouse into a state-of-the-art recording facility to move into the electronic age of recording. The studio opened in 1931 and was first used to record the London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Falstaff. Later than year, the Gramophone Company merged with its greatest competitor, the Columbia Gramophone Company, to form Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. (“EMI”). A detailed summary of the history of EMI appears at pages 407- 409 in “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records.”
At the time the Beatles recorded at Abbey Road in the sixties, the studio was known as EMI Studios. The release of the group’s “Abbey Road” LP in 1969 brought widespread awareness of the studio when reviewers stated that the album was named after the Beatles favorite recording studio. As word spread, fans throughout the world dropped by the studio and often had their pictures taken in groups of four walking across the zebra crossing (crosswalk) immortalized on the album’s cover. EMI officially changed the studio’s name to Abbey Road Studios in 1970.
Bruce will be in London this weekend (March 11, 2012) to attend a special 80th anniversary event at Abbey Road.
To learn more about the studio, click here to be directed to the Abbey Road Studios website, which has a LIVE crossing webcam showing the famous crosswalk 24/7. It’s amazing how often you will spot fans imitating the Beatles famous stroll across the street. Who knows, you may even spot someone you know! Bruce will be walking through the zebra crossing on Sunday, March 11.