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A visit to Abbey Road, the Beatles' favored studio and the location of one of the most iconic album cover photos in rock'n'roll history, is a must for any Beatles fan. Here are 5 amazing facts about the Fab Four that might surprise even the aficionados.
A widespread conspiracy theory argues Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. Proponents claim that Paul's being barefoot on the Abbey Road cover is a clue.
After years of legal wrangling, John Lennon officially quit the Beatles on December 29, 1974 while staying at the Polynesian Village Hotel in Disney World, Florida.
Surprisingly, The Fab Four are the first band to ever feature the famous "Devil Horns" on an album cover: John Lennon makes the hand gesture on the cover of Yellow Submarine.
As big "Lord of the Rings" fans, the Beatles tried to get Stanley Kubrick to film an adaptation in which they would act the main roles. However, J.R.R. Tolkien opposed the project.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, was carrying a copy of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" during the shooting. He claimed his actions were inspired by the novel.
What would a visit to Abbey Road be without a saunter across the most famous zebra crossing in the world? As the crossing is recorded by a live, 24-hour webcam feed that can be watched online, you can tell your friends and family to watch you follow in the Beatles' footsteps! All they need to do is visit the following website at an agreed time: http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing
If you'd like to take home a snapshot of yourself recreating the iconic Abbey Road album cover, a man stands by the zebra crossing all day, taking pictures in exchange for a fee.
- When to visitThe Abbey Road crossing is open all day, everyday, year round.
- What is the price?While it's free to cross Abbey Road, tours and souvenir photos can cost extra.
- Will I need a guide?Hop-on/off tours include a stop at Abbey Road, and a guide can point out all kinds of interesting, lesser known facts for Beatles fans.
- How to get thereTake the Jubilee Line train to St John's Wood station and walk east along Grove End Road to Abbey Road.
- Additional tips
- Please keep in mind that general road traffic may not cooperate with your desire for the perfect picture. Stay safe!