1970

Recording: Remember by John Lennon

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: John Lennon John Lennon spent much of his 30th birthday in Studio Three of EMI Studios, Abbey Road, where he continued work on his debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. On this day he recorded the song Remember.

UK première of Let It Be

The Beatles’ final film Let It Be had its British première on this day, with simultaneous screenings in the north and south of England. None of the group attended either.

US album release: Let It Be

Ten days after its United Kingdom release, The Beatles’ final LP, Let It Be, was issued in the United States.

UK album release: Let It Be

The Beatles’ final album was released in the UK on this day. Ostensibly the soundtrack to their fifth film, Let It Be was issued only in stereo, initially as Apple PXS 1.

The Beatles’ final press release

In answer to speculation resulting from Paul McCartney‘s questionnaire in which he effectively announced that The Beatles were no more, Apple issued a final press statement about the group.

Paul McCartney announces The Beatles’ split

With his debut solo album McCartney due for release on 17 April 1970, Paul McCartney chose not to do any promotional interviews. Instead, he asked Apple’s Peter Brown to write a list of questions to which he supplied the answers. They included his ruminations on the Beatles and the end of his partnership with John… Read more »

Recording: Across The Universe, The Long And Winding Road, I Me Mine

Studio One, Studio Three control room, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Phil Spector Engineer: Peter Bown Of all Phil Spector’s decisions for The Beatles’ Let It Be, none would become as contentious as this, the orchestral and choral overdubs to Across The Universe, The Long And Winding Road and I Me Mine.

Mixing: For You Blue

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Phil Spector Engineers: Mike Sheady, Eddie Klein Phil Spector spent much of this day working on an idea which was never used: a 16-second tape loop using part of the instrumental break from George Harrison‘s For You Blue. Onto this he overlaid snatches of dialogue from members of… Read more »

Mixing: Dig It

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Phil Spector Engineer: Mike Sheady Phil Spector’s fourth day spent fashioning a usable long-player out of the myriad January 1969 session tapes found him working on Dig It and assembling snippets of dialogue to be used in between songs.

Mixing: The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be, Get Back, Maggie Mae

Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Phil Spector Engineer: Peter Bown Although it would later be subjected to strings, brass and choir overdubs, the stereo mixes of The Long And Winding Road made by Phil Spector on this day were a much simpler affair: they were used for the eventual orchestral score, and for… Read more »

Ringo Starr is interviewed for the BBC’s Scene And Heard

BBC radio presenter had interviewed each of The Beatles on several occasions in recent months. On this day he recorded the last of his Beatles-era interviews, with Ringo Starr at the Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row, London.