Monday, April 10, 2017

1970: Paul quits The Beatles and "Let it be" is the #1 song in the US


Incredibly, The Beatles broke up on this day in 1970.  

It started with Paul McCartney officially leaving the group but the guys had not played together for about a year.      

2 months later, McCartney released a solo album.  It was so "solo" that he played every instrument.   The most popular song was "Maybe I'm amazed" although it was never released as a 45 in the US.
In retrospect, Paul would have been better off with some studio musicians but that's the way it was.   Paul's next single was "Another Day" and it reached the top of the US charts.  

His second LP "Ram" was a huge bestseller.   It included "Uncle Albert", a big song for Paul.

The last Beatles' hit was "The long and winding road".  It was their last hit as a group and over-produced by Phi Spector.  The "naked" version, or the one not produced by Spector, was a much better song.  Either way, the song ran a bit too long

On the day that Paul quit The Beatles, the #1 song in the US was 'Let it be".

It turned out to be one of the most heralded songs.  In fact, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked "Let it be" as #20 in their Top 500 songs.

The Beatles are still selling CDs and MP3s.  John & George are dead.  Ringo shows up once in a while and Paul still records.  

Frankly, I did not like their "solo" efforts.  There were some good songs but it was their work as The Beatles that I still listen to.



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