Sunday, August 13, 2023

Famous Sites in Popular Music -- Part Four: The Abbey Road Crossing and Abbey Road Studios

One of the advantages of having a blog for so long is being able to publish a series of posts over time. The first three installments:

Famous Sites in Popular Music -- Part One Dan Fogelberg: Same Old Lang Syne

Famous Sites in Popular Music -- Part Two: The Day the Music Died

Famous Sites in Popular Music -- Part Three: Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot

And today ... Part Four!
Being a child of the 1960s and 1970s, I was and still am a huge fan of the British Invasion music that began with the Beatles. When my wife and I were in London in March 2002, the main site I wanted to see was the famous crosswalk the Beatles were in on the cover of the Abbey Road album. It was the thrill of a lifetime to actually walk across the fabled place. However, it is not as easy as it seems. The road is actually quite busy, so you have to carefully chose your spot. We finally did get a reprieve from the traffic, and ...

Now, of course, walking there was not enough as who would ever know if or when we would be back (we have never returned to London!). So ... when I saw a door open at the Abbey Road Studios, I grabbed Mrs. lightning and we went inside the restricted building. It was amazing to see the studio rooms where such great music had been made and recorded. Unfortunately, we were soon discovered by an employee who politely informed us that visitors were not allowed inside. Of course, we played dumb and acted like we didn't  know that. We left the building and hung around the very small parking lot and watched musicians walk up. Unfortunately, we recognized no one famous. I am certainly glad that we walked in when we had the chance. And you know what? I WAS THERE!
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