Abbey Road Studios:
Abbey Road Studios (formerly known as EMI Studios) is a recording studio located in the city of Westminster, London. It was established in November 1931 by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of British music company EMI, which owned it until 2012. Abbey Road Studios is most notable as being the venue in the 1960s for innovative recording techniques adopted by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Badfinger, and many more. One of its earliest world-famous artist clients was Paul Robeson, who recorded in December of 1931 and went on to record many of his best known songs there. Both the studios and zebra crossing have Grade II listed building status.
The Beatles: Abbey Road Album
Abbey Road was first released on 26th September, 1969. Abbey Road was the final Beatles album to be recorded but not their last to be released.
For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios in August 1969. Abbey Road entered the British album chart at no.1 in October and stayed there for a total of seventeen of its 81 weeks in the chart. In the US, it spent eleven weeks at #1 during its initial chart stay of 83 weeks. (Credit: http://www.thebeatles.com/album/abbey-road)