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Beatles Fans Swarm to Abbey Road on Album's 50th Anniversary

Beatles impersonators recreate the "Abbey Road" cover photo
Beatles impersonators recreate the "Abbey Road" cover photo. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:07 AM

When The Beatles entered the studio to record "Abbey Road," they were not just laying down tracks for their new album, they were changing history.

Fifty years later, Beatlemania continues to sweep the world — and the now-legendary road after which the album was named.

There is a poignancy that surrounds "Abbey Road," which was released on Sept. 26, 1969. A sense of finality hung over the band when they entered the studio, but although there was tension between the members, they did not intend for "Abbey Road" to be the last album they recorded together. However, days before the album hit store shelves, John Lennon announced he was leaving the band, leading to its demise.

"Abbey Road" would become a massive hit that dominated the charts. The road their album was named after has become a protected spot and even today, hordes of tourists gather to recreate the iconic cover photo portraying the band members strolling across Abbey Road.

This week, the crossing has been busier than usual as fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Abbey Road" while eagerly anticipating the re-release of the anniversary edition of the album on Friday.

Among the diehard fans is Mark Kramer, who stepped off a flight from Florida to London and headed straight to the spot.

"I've always wanted to go and walk the crosswalk like a million other tourists," he told CNN. Kramer proudly owns every recording ever released by The Beatles — but no great memorabilia, just the music, he said. "I think that's the most important piece of memorabilia I could possibly have."

Festivities are not limited to London. Los Angeles has decided to bring the 50th-anniversary celebrations to United States by recreating the famous intersection on Vine Street at Hollywood Boulevard.

A Beatles/Universal spokesperson told Variety that the crosswalk would be created by laying down a vinyl recreation of Abbey Road's zebra crossing over the existing Vine Street crosswalk. There will also be a massive double-sided backdrop showing the "Abbey Road" cover art photo.

The recreation is only temporary though. Once the festivities are over, Vine Street will go back to its former — self but the memories of this significant moment will remain.

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