Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing Awarded Grade II Status

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The Beatles and their famous British album cover

by Jordy Altman

[lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]The Beatles [/lastfm]are iconic for many reasons. From the music they wrote to the culture they defined, every moment the Fab Four spent together has been chronicled in the tomes of British pop culture history.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable feats The Beatles committed was a 10-minute photography session outside of the Abbey Road studios in England. Four men walking across a zebra crossing never looked so good. Little did The Beatles know that this photo would go on to become one of the most celebrated and recreated moments in the little country’s history – and now the crossing has been awarded a Grade II listed status by The English Heritage.

[lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Paul McCartney [/lastfm]has had a wonderful year. With his recent honors from the Kennedy Center, things could not be getting much better – or so he thought. Now with the Zebra Crossing achieving historical grace in the final week of 2010, he calls this honor “icing on the cake”.

Tens of thousands of fans circle Abbey Road to recreate their own homage to The Beatles, strutting the crossing with an heir of authority, as if they themselves were channeling the greatness of Paul, George, Ringo, and John.

As a spokesperson for English Heritage explained, “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to The Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”

Seems like a fitting homage to one of rock’s most recognizable sights.

[Source: Clash Music]

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