Recording venue made famous by the Beatles album set to fetch £10M plus
ABBEY ROAD, one of the world's most famous recording studios, has been put up for sale.
According to the Financial Times, owners EMI are reckoned to want tens of millions of pounds for the St John's Wood site, nowadays less favoured than before thanks to the rise of cheaper computerised recording techniques that don't need Abbey Road's luxurious line in space and equipment.
Made famous by the Beatles' album of the same name with its iconic cover featuring the four members of the group striding across an Abbey Road zebra crossing, the studios has hosted a rock and roll call of seminal moments that chart the history of UK pop music.
It was at Abbey Road in 1958 that Cliff Richard recorded Move It, Britain's first rock and roll single; during the 1960s the Beatles created the bulk of their albums here; in the 70s, it gave birth to one of the biggest selling LPs of all time, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and in more recent years the likes of Duran Duran, Blur, Oasis and Radiohead have all made music at Abbey Road.
Though most well known for its link with rock's gentry, Abbey Road is big enough to hold an orchestra and has been used by plenty of classical musicians, going back to its first year in 1931 when Sir Edward Elgar and the London Symphony Orchestra recorded Land of Hope and Glory within its walls.
Unfortunately for any would-be buyer, the zebra crossing, which is right outside the studios, isn't part of the deal.
Now a tourist-photo favourite, the picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo remains one of the most memorable album covers ever made. When Abbey Road was released in 1969, the fact Paul was the only Beatle to go barefoot for the shot fuelled rumours he was dead.