A blowup of the London street Abbey Road stretches across a wall in Johnny Jones' recording studio. (Drew Perine / MCT)
The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house. But inside, the house is vibrating. On this day, as with most, it’s from a track by the the Beatles.
Jones is an extreme Beatles fan. He’s not alone, but few have gone to the length Jones has.
Using paint, furnishings, murals and memorabilia, Jones has turned his Lakewood, Wash., home into a temple devoted to The Beatles, classic rock and pop culture.
Jones became a fan of The Beatles at the age of 3 when he heard “A Hard Day’s Night.” Now 51, he’s still just as obsessed. He’s been to the birthplace of the Beatles — Liverpool, England — three times.
“Some people go to Jerusalem, I go there,” Jones says.
He doesn’t dress like the Beatles, he is quick to point out. But he’d be forgiven if he did.
Jones plays keyboard and guitar in a Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam. The name is a nod to The Beatles’ recording label. Apple Jam performs songs that were composed but never released by The Beatles. They’ve put out two albums over eight years and headlined a Beatles festival in 2009.
The first thing a visitor notices, if one makes a right turn upon entering Jones’ home, is a recording studio with glassed-in sound booth. A mural of Abbey Road is on one wall of the studio opposite a drum kit. The other walls are apple green and the carpet is black. The numeral 9 is on the door, a nod to the Beatles’ “Revolution 9” from “The White Album.”
Each of the home’s six bedrooms has a different theme. One has sand-colored carpet and a large ocean mural. A collection of ukuleles are propped against it. Jones calls it “The Good Vibrations Room” — an homage to the Beach Boys.
Another, “The Brit Room,” has one wall covered by a Union Jack. The British flag also shows up on the bedspread and light switch cover plates. Jones’ master bedroom is done in deep purple with “The love you take is equal to the love you make” stenciled on a wall.
Even the bathrooms get the Beatles treatment. One is done in yellow and aqua colors to the theme of “Yellow Submarine.”
Jones still has some work to do on the home. The grand semi-circular staircase will be refinished in black and white to look like piano keys. That last project will be like others in the house: partly completed by him and partly by others. Or, as Jones puts it, “With a little help from my friends.”