12th August 2014
Abbey Road to get Lollipop Person?
It was 45 years ago last week that one of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century was taken. It was of course the cover for Abbey Road,The Beatles last recorded LP. Since then music fans have flocked to the now Grade II listed landmark to recreate that famous shot.
But it seems that now due to safety concerns, Westminster Council are thinking about manning the site permanently. Due to the popularity of the crossing, often with people just walking out without checking for traffic, it is dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists.
As I’m sure most of you know, the album cover featured a ‘5th Beetle’ in the form of a white Volkswagen Beetle. This would go on toplay a part in one of the most bizarre musical myths of all time.
A rumour started by an American disc jockey claimed that Paul McCartney had died in a motorbike accident and been replaced by an impostor. The other Beatles then left ‘clues’ throughout their albums pointing this out to their fans. Among the many ‘clues’ was that the number plate featured on the Beetle was ‘LMW 281F’ which was claimed to mean ‘Linda McCartney Widow 28 if’. This was believed by some to mean that Paul would have been 28 IF he had lived and also refers to the newly married McCartneys’. They didn’t seem to mind that McCartney was 27 at the time of the album release!
The car went through various owners in the proceeding decades with the license plate being stolen repeatedly until it was sold at auction in 1986 for £2,530. It then went on display in a German museum in 2001.
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