The Sun (the daily tabloid newspaper and website published in the United Kingdom) offers a report today that officials want to move the iconic “zebra crossing” featured on the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.
The article explains, “Councillors say tourists flocking to be snapped on the road are causing crashes, with the accident rate on the rise,” with the councillor for the Abbey Road ward stating that there have been 22 accidents at the location since 2000.
You can read the whole thing here.
The article includes a copy of the album cover image, and it also notes that last weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the photo.
I did a quick search, and Wikipedia supplies further info of interest: “The cover photograph was taken by photographer Iain Macmillan. Macmillan was given only ten minutes around 11:30 that morning to take the photo on a zebra crossing on Abbey Road. That cover photograph has since become one of the most famous and most imitated album covers in recording history.” The Wikipedia link is here.
Another cool thing I ran across is a webcam providing a live video feed of the intersection, hosted on the Abbey Studios website. Check it out here.
OK, just one more note of interest, again from Wikipedia: “Abbey Road was the only Beatles album mainly recorded on an 8-track tape machine, rather than the 4-track machines that were used for prior Beatles albums starting with the single I Want To Hold Your Hand in 1963 and the album A Hard Day’s Night in 1964.” Again, more here.