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The Making of The Abbey Road Album Cover

Updated on January 31, 2016

 

Has the Beatles were working on their last album they were looking for  some good ideas for this album cover. They always put much effort in their album cover has they did on the music within that cover of that album, only once did they ever release a bad album cover which was the butcher cover. One suggestion for the album cover was to call it  Everest after a brand of cigarettes, smoked by the Beatle’s engineer and have a picture of the Beatles at the foot of some famous mountain, but in the end none of the Beatles could be bothered in doing that. One of them, some say Paul, said why don't we just have our picture taken as we walk across the crossing just outside here and call the album  Abbey Road, all of them agreed to that and this set the wheels in motion to make that so.

John called on the phone a photographer friend of his, Iain MacMillan, and a photo shoot was set up, in August of 68 the Beatles got set to take the picture for their now titled album Abbey Road . At 11:30 that day while a policeman held up traffic MacMillan stood in the middle of Abbey Road and took six photos of the group walking across, he had them walk both ways to make sure one way was not better than the other. Some time later Paul looked over all the negatives and picked out the fifth photo has the shot they would use for their album cover. When the album came out, it became the world's no. 1 selling album and also it inspired countless of other hopeful bands to imitate the cover of Abbey Road album, even Paul McCartney used the crossing on his Paul is Live album with his dog Martha, but i believe it was done in Photoshop because his dog Martha died some years ago. Even EMI's recording studios after the album was released changed their name to Abbey Road studios. To date the Abbey Road album is iTunes biggest selling album of all time.

And still today people flock to this site has if it has some healing power or it may be just to see the magical place where this great album was recorded and to see the very place where John, Paul, George and Ringo made that now famous album cover photo. Sometime ago I found the Abbey Road webcam website and sometimes I will watch it for a while if it is early enough because there is a five hour different in time from here to there. And I still see many people taking pictures and even taking photos on that crossing and risking life and limbs just to get the picture taken. But you have to remember to the Beatles were not just another rock group, they were the rock group who inspired all others to form rock groups, and also helped many artist with their music has well .Two rock stars who are big fan of the Beatles that I can name off the top of my head are Gene Simmons from Kiss who on his TV show did visit the Abbey Road Studios and was totally thrilled at being there and also Ozzy Osbourne is a hard core Beatles fan has well, and I’m sure there are many more that I could name that in one way or another were inspired by the Beatles music. If you would like to take a look at the Abbey Road webcam here is the address of that website.

Abbey Road Webcam

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A wonderful hub on the Beatles Tom. Very well written. One of my favorite groups, thanks

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi carrie nice to see you,thanks for your nice comments. I thought it would be nice to do a hub on the Beatles. I found these great pictures of that day they took the Abbey Road photos and has they say the rest is history . Hope you check out the Abbey Road Webcam ?

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this hub. i rated it beautiful

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ImChemist nice to see you and thanks so much for your comments, glad you enjoyed it !

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Very interesting article, Tom. More similar stories would be welcome. Great pictures too! Rated awesome. Cheers!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi quicksand nice to see you and thanks so much for your awesome rating ! Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed my hub !

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      tinamarie9884 6 years ago

      Kashmir, what a great job on the Beatles. I enjoyed your hub very much. I am glad I stopped by!!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi tinamarie nice to see you glad you stopped by, glad you have enjoyed my hub and thanks for your nice comments !

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      leabeth 6 years ago

      Kashmir - very interesting. Will go and check out the Abbey Road Webcam.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi leabeth nice to see you, thanks for stopping by, glad you found this hub interesting, thanks. Hope you enjoy the webcam !!!

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A great article about the Beatles. One of the greatest groups of all time. I love there music. Great job. Voted up. Awesome pictures also.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Rhonda nice to see you,yes i agree the Beatles were and still are today the greatest band ever and Beatles music is timeless. Thanks for stopping by and thanks to for your very nice comments !

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Interesting article, well done.

      Can I just point out an error, you have started with 'Has the'

      it should be 'As the'

      cheers

      Tony

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi tonymead60 nice to see you and thanks for your comments and stopping by. Has for your suggestion thanks but Has will stay as is....

      Be well and safe !!!

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Kash, great follow. You are such a great writer. You really are something else. I hope all is well. Best wishes to you and take care.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi AskAshlie nice to see you, thank you so much for your very nice comments ! take and be well !

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      Pen 6 years ago

      Ah ha found you! lol didn't know where you writing since the demise of WLS! A great piece my friend, keep on shining, love & light always Pen

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pen glad you found me and glad you enjoyed my hub . Stop by anytime your comments are always welcome !

      Take care my dear friend !!!

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      This is so interesting. Thanks so much. Great pictures too.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Healing Touch nice to see you, thank you so much for your nice comments. Glad to hear you found it interesting and enjoyed reading it !

      Take care !

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent hub about the Beatles and the making of the Abbey Road album cover. These guys have always been favorites of mine. It was fun looking at the pictures, brings back a lot of memories :)Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Awesome Hub!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Becky nice to see you, thanks for your nice comments glad you enjoyed reading this hub. It brought back memories to me writing it and finding the pictures to go with this hub, they always wrote great songs has well .

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      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      That was really interesting! The album cover has become an icon. Thanks. Photos good, too.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi lindatymensky nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this hub ! Hope it brought back some great memories !

      Take care !!!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Happy Valentine's Day Tom.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      Great hub! As I was reading it, I remember listening on the radio around that time about the "trials" if Paul was dead or alive. The Beatles were an amazing group that changed the world of music, why wouldn't they have an album cover that would impact other artists the same way. Thanks for a great read. Take care.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, Yes the Beatles were a very awesome group, even in the end they were still trend setters . I never bought into the bit that Paul was dead and i never grow tired of playing their music !

      Thanks for your awesome comments and to for stopping by !

      Take care my friend !!!

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Interesting!One of my favorites! Well done!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi daydreamer, They were a awesome band ! Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comment !

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Loved how nonchalant and casual they were about the picture and cover . . . and it became so popular. I have a family friend that always send out crazy Christmas cards. Several years ago, her card showed her entire family walking across Abbey Road in Beatles style. I'm going to direct her to your hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Truckstop Sally, yes they do look so cool and casual,and still today it is a very popular album . Also if you watch the Abbey Road webcam you can see some people still today taking pictures on that now famous crossing ! Thanks so much for dropping by and to for your nice comments, it is always nice to see you !

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      kiwi91 6 years ago from USA

      If I ever get to the UK, I'd like to see Abbey Road in person. It's definitely my favorite Beatles album. I've never seen these photo outtakes, thanks for sharing them!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi kiwi91 nice to see you, yes i to would like to visit Abbey Road and take some photos that would be cool ! Glad you enjoyed this hub,thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub. Love the Beatles. Didn't know about any of this. Very interesting. Thanks!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi James nice to see you, glad you found this hub interesting, and i to loved the Beatles ! Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I stll have this in album / lp form

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ethel nice to see you,and did you know the vinyl albums are making a come back, who would thought that some would rather have vinyl than CD's , Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Oh what a fascinating read.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi acaetnna nice to see you, glad to hear you found this hub a fascinating read ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments .

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      angie ashbourne 5 years ago

      Hi! kashmir56 Awesome Hub. Vote up Angie

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Angie nice to see you, glad you liked this hub and thanks for the vote up. Thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by .

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Kash, very interesting history my friend. I haven't seen this album in years. Never knew the story behind the cover. Very good work Kash. Have a great one!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you, many people did not know that they put in a lot of thought into the album cover has well. Enjoy a wonderful day my friend ! Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Love The Beatles, Love Abbey Road, and I loved this hub. So insightful into the creative process of how the cover was made, excellent writing Kashmir. Voted up, shared, awesome, and interesting :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Olde Cashmere nice to see you, so glad to hear you have enjoyed reading this hub and found it awesome and interesting. I thought it would make a great hub on how the Beatles worked as hard on the album cover has they did on the music within it . Thanks for your vote up and more and share. Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Whew! Beautiful Kashmir! The legend lives on.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. nice to see you, so glad you enjoyed this information on the Beatles, the legend goes on ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      I have actually wondered about how they made this on a few occasions while standing on Abbey Road. Tried retaking the picture once but it's rather impossible without traffic control. ;-) It is true, though, that people do flock to the spot.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Darrylmdavis nice to see you, I just thought it would be very interesting to let people know how the cover came about. Last Sunday i was watching the Abbey Road webcam and they had the traffic blocked both ways and it looked like they were filming some kind of a video,maybe for a band. They did a few takes that wrapped it up . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      When the album came out some people claimed Paul McCartney was dead because his feet were bare. In addition, the person in the photo was a double. George Harrison was dressed as a gravedigger, Ringo Starr was the undertaker and John Lennon was dressed as a priest.

      Oh well, it made the cover more interesting. Nice Hub, I will vote up.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thost nice to see you, yes that is right about what people thought about this cover, but what they don't know is there were many shots taking of them crossing Abbey Road and some show Paul wearing shoes. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      I loved this kashmir, reading about my all-time favorite singers, the Beatles....and I love that album cover....I used to have that album years ago.....Anything Beatles is great to me!....My son & his wife love the Beatles so much that they wear Beatle T shirts and have stickers of the four lads on their cars!.....Thanks for another enjoyable read! .......and take care dear friend!!!

      God bless you, Helen

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend nice to see you, yes i am just like you i like anything Beatles. Glad you found this to be a enjoyable read, it was a great album and the last Beatles album recorded . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Interesting, awesome and entertaining hub! I always wondered how the Beatles selected the swagger photo and now I know. I think it's genius, but then again we are talking about the Beatles :)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Sunshine, yes The Beatles were a special group and they put a lot of effort in their album cover design. So glad you enjoyed reading this hub and found it a entertaining hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Tom this is awesome!! I had no idea about the story behind the album cover!

      This is one of my favourite Beatles' albums of all time!! I was only 6 when the group made this but my Mum and Dad were big fans - although, I remember Mum used to moan about the lads starting to grow their hair long and having beards etc. LOL!

      'Golden Slumbers' and 'Here Comes the Sun' were brilliant and I still enjoy this music today! Now I know a lot of folks would say that the Beatles loved their music due to the money they made - but to be honest, I think it went much deeper than that. I think music was a genuine passion and was in their souls! Because their music is still as popular today, shows just how much time, committment and energy the lads put into it!

      Thanks for this hub Tom - awesome and fascinating!! Voted up + shared!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Helen nice to see you, glad you have enjoyed this hub. I enjoyed putting it together and writing it. The Beatles were four lads who had these great songs within them and they shared them with the world. In the beginning none of the Beatles knew or thought they would make has much money has they did. Thanks so much for your vote up + shared ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Lady Wolfs 4 years ago

      Nice article on the Beatles. They certainly were the first rock band that influenced music with many others. I didn't know about their Abbey Road album but always thought that was a great cover. You have some really nice pictures. They too influenced long hair and made it popular with men. You did a nice job.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Lady Wolfs nice to see you, yes i agree with you the Beatles influenced many different thing in their fans back in the day. Glad you enjoyed reading this article on them and this album cover. Thanks so much for your voted up and sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up! This is a very fun hub! I am so familiar with this cover as the photo is framed in BKK's Hard Rock wall.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi beingwell nice to see you, glad to hear you found this hub fun ! Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I missed this somehow, but better late than never. Really interesting. Heard someone talking about Paul yesterday, how rich he is, how he knows how to make money. Guess he was a good adviser for them even way back when. May look for that album cover with his dog, lol.

      I often pop in Bee Gees to go to sleep by. I should find me some old Beatles stuff. There were lots I really liked. Thanks for the memories. All ups and sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jackie nice to see you, It does not matter when you read it, but that you did. Glad you have enjoyed this tour down memory lane when the Beatles were finishing up their last album. Thanks so much for your ups and sharing ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I am an old Beatles fan--so it was really good to read about how this cover and the album name came about!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Audrey nice to see you, nice to hear you are a Beatles fan. I thought that it would be a great and interesting article on the last album that the Beatles put out. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting. I loved the Beatles. I enjoyed finding out how they decided on the cover of Abbey Road

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, it is nice to hear you enjoyed finding out how this album cover came together . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I really enjoyed this hub. I'm a massive Beatles fan and I've bought the Abbey Road album on vinyl, tape and CD. Side 2, easily the most awesome music ever. BEATLES FOREVER!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi phoenix nice to see you, nice to hear you are a massive Beatles fan and enjoyed reading this hub about their last album and how the cover of that album came about. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      It is amazing how a simple idea can turn out to be so powerful. Then again like you said, this is the Beatles, which to me is John Lennon.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi greatstuff nice to see you, yep just a simple idea that turned into a great last album for the Beatles . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Making of The Abbey Road Album Cover, so interesting, useful and I do like their songs

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      Thomas Silvia 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi DDE nice to see you glad to hear you have enjoyed reading this article and found it to be interesting and useful . Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just saying hi, noticed you hadn't been here for awhile. Hope all is well. GB

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