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ABBEY ROAD CROSSES 50

The Beatles’ "Abbey Road" returns to top of the charts after 50 years

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The classic Beatles’ album Abbey Road is back at the number one spot in British charts half a century after its first release. The band’s final studio album with its instantly recognizable zebra-crossing cover came out in September 1969, six days after John Lennon told his bandmates he was leaving the group.

It was the UK’s best-selling album for 17 weeks (ending on Jan. 31, 1970), and last Friday a special 50th-anniversary edition featuring unheard material took the top spot once again.

“It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album,” tweeted band member Paul McCartney.

In this file photo taken on August 08, 2019 Beatles lookalike band 'Fab Gear' and fans of The Beatles pose at the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing in London, England, the 50th anniversary of the day that the iconic Beatles album cover photograph was taken. - Classic Beatles album "Abbey Road" is back at number one in Britain half a century after its first release, with the band breaking their own record for the longest gap between stints at the top of the charts. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

In this file photo taken on August 08, 2019 Beatles lookalike band ‘Fab Gear’ and fans of The Beatles pose at the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing in London, England, the 50th anniversary of the day that the iconic Beatles album cover photograph was taken. – Classic Beatles album “Abbey Road” is back at number one in Britain half a century after its first release, with the band breaking their own record for the longest gap between stints at the top of the charts. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

With 49 years and 252 days since its last reign, the album has had the longest gap between British number ones—a record previously held by another Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (cited by Rolling Stone magazine as the greatest album of all time), which topped the charts after 49 years and 125 days when it released
its own 50th-anniversary edition two years ago.

Last month, hundreds of Beatles fans mobbed the street outside Abbey Road Studios in northwest London to celebrate five decades since the band were snapped at the pedestrian crossing there.

The photograph of Lennon leading Ringo Starr, McCartney, and George Harrison over the road in single file became an all-time classic when it appeared on the Abbey Road sleeve, which unusually did not feature the name of the band or the record.

The album, which features songs including “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun,” was also the week’s best-selling vinyl, shifting around 9,000 physical copies. AFP

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