Abbey Road Studio is celebrating it’s birthday today, Nov. 12th. But it wasn’t a…
Written by megarock on November 13, 2017
Abbey Road Studio is celebrating it’s birthday today, Nov. 12th. But it wasn’t always called that.
Originally a nine-bedroom Georgian townhouse built in the 1830s on the footpath leading to Kilburn Abbey, the building was later converted to apartments where the most flamboyant resident was Maundy Gregory. The premises were acquired by the Gramophone Company and converted into studios.
In 1931, The Gramophone Company merged with Columbia Graphophone Company to form EMI, which took over the studios and dubbed them EMI Studios. It was not until 1970 that the name Abbey Road Studios became official.
Abbey Road Studios is most notable as being the venue in the 1960s for innovative recording techniques adopted by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Badfinger and others.
Towards the end of 2009, the studio came under threat of sale to property developers. However, the British Government protected the site, granting it English Heritage Grade II listed status in 2010, thereby preventing the building from any major alterations.
The year that Gramophone converted the building in recording studios…. 1931.
Happy 86th Birthday to what is now known as “Abbey Road Studios”. 1931, The Beatles weren’t even born yet…..
And by the way, contrary to popular belief, The Beatles never owned it.