Wallingford to Welcome Back the Beatles Next Week

A 45-fot-long mural of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album cover is underway on the west wall of Golden Oldies music store, right next to Dick's Drive-In -- and it's certain to become a neighborhood landmark. Owner Dean Silverstone says the painting should be completed a week from today. The creation is the work of well-known muralist David Heck.

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"It's one of the most recognizable album covers the Beatles ever had," says Silverstone, who has owned Golden Oldies since 1973. "Abbey Road" was first issued on Sept. 26, 1969. Silverstone adds that the most famous album cover of all time was Herb Albert's "Whipped Cream," which came out in 1965.

"I've painted a lot of album covers," Heck told Seattle PI.com, "but I can't think of one more inconic."

Silverstone notes that for several years his record store featured a mural with artists representing five decades of music: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry and Kurt Cobain.

That mural was destroyed in August 2010, when a motorist in an SUV lost control and plowed through the wall. The wreck also destroyed 3,000 records, 2,000 CDs, and hundreds of 8-track tapes.

"Abbey Road," the Beatles' 11th studio album, was ranked No. 14 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 all-time greatest album.s

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