This past week marked 5o years since a little known band from Merseyside released their début single, Love Me Do, a record that launched them on the road to pop superstardom and would eventually see John, Paul, George and Ringo revered as the group that changed the face of music and lauded as one of, if not the, greatest band of all time. This band is also the reason behind this week’s Weekly Web Highlight – Abbey Road Crossing.
We’re of course talking about The Beatles – an outfit whose music is still held in great esteem to this very day and who still maintain a vast army of devoted fans across the world. Many of those followers still habitually flock to the site where The Beatles recorded much of their output, including Abbey Road, the group’s 11th studio album, the cover of which featured the Fab Four posing on a crossing outside the famous studios.
Since its release in 1969, many millions of Beatles fanatics have made a pilgrimage to the London-based studios to have a go at recreating the sleeve, much to the chagrin of Camden Borough Council and local police who’re concerned by the disruption caused to traffic flow.
That said, watching a continual stream of tourists, Beatles devotees, students, fopps, wags and reprobates risking the ire of drivers as they strive to capture their own version of the cover for posterity is great fun. We applaud the foresight the owners of Abbey Road Studios had in setting up a live HD stream from a webcam trained on the most famous Zebra crossing in the world.