Factbox: Beatles' Abbey Road studio for sale

Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:25pm EST
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(Reuters) - Britain's loss-making music company EMI plans to sell the north London complex which has been the home of British music recording for 80 years.

Abbey Road Studios embodies a slice of British and music recording history. Here are some details:


-- The 19th century town house at No. 3 Abbey Road, St. John's Wood, was bought by EMI in 1929 to make the world's first custom-built recording studios.

-- British classical music composer Edward Elgar opened the studios in a ceremony on November 12, 1931. Elgar can be seen in a film of the event, conducting the all-male orchestra through his "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1."

-- The inaugural recording made at the studios, also conducted by Elgar, was of his "Falstaff" symphonic study.

-- In 1932, 16 year-old violin prodigy Yehudi Menuhin was invited by Elgar to record his own "Violin Concerto," the start of Menuhin's lifelong association with Abbey Road.

-- Other regular visitors at that time were Al Bowlly, Ray Noble, Joe Loss, Flanagan and Allen, Paul Robeson, Gertrude Lawrence, Fats Waller and Fred Astaire.

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