Thursday, 1 November 2012

On this Day: 1 Nov 1969 - Beatles' "Abbey Road," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks

Abbey Road was the 11th studio album released by the English rock band The Beatles. It is their last recorded album, although Let It Be was the last album released before the band's dissolution in 1970. Work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, and the album was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States.

Despite being released in the US on the 1st October, the album debuted at number 178, before moving to number 4 and on the 1st November 1969 to number 1, spending 11 non-consecutive weeks at the top. Abbey Road spent a total of 129 weeks in the Billboard 200

The front cover design, features a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, which was based on sketched ideas by McCartney and taken on 8 August 1969 outside EMI Studios on Abbey Road. At around 11:30 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic.

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Images courtesy of  National Library of Ireland on The Commons under the Creative Commons Agreement on Flickr

Research courtesy of Wikipedia


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