LONDON — Beatles fans are using Facebook and Twitter to urge a British charity to save the Abbey Road Studios, where the group recorded most of their songs.

The studio’s owner, EMI Group, has put the site up for sale to cut debt, a person familiar with the matter said this week. Abbey Road was made famous by the Beatles’ album of the same name, which pictured John, Paul, Ringo and George on the crosswalk outside the studio.

The National Trust, a British charity that protects historic houses, gardens and monuments, already owns the childhood homes of Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Liverpool, England. The organization is asking the public for opinions via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter on whether it should save Abbey Road, after McCartney suggested it this week on a radio show.

”It’s not often that the public spontaneously suggests that we should acquire a famous building,” The National Trust said on its Web site. ”If there is enough momentum, we may launch a campaign to save the studios.”

Abbey Road Studios, located in an affluent section of northwest London, may be worth between $15.6 million and $46 million, it said.

”Save Abbey Road,” Sophie Fenelon wrote on The National Trust’s Facebook page Friday. ”It’s a huge part of our music history that we’ll never get back. Without Abbey Road there would be no Beatles.

Another user, Elie Jupp, wrote: ”As the Beatles would say: ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ ”


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