Although their solo project had largely been successful, 1970 was a dark year for The Beatles. Their group activities were limited to finishing off the Let It Be album, dealing with business activities at Apple, and giving occasional interviews to the press.
John Lennon‘s remarkable first solo album, the soul-baring John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, was released in the US and UK on this day.
Following the recording session for the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album track Remember, John Lennon invited his father Alf to dinner at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot.
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.
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.
Ten days after its United Kingdom release, The Beatles’ final LP, Let It Be, was issued in the United States.
Although by this time the world knew The Beatles were no more, the dream was kept alive for a short while longer with the release of a final single.
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.
While the world reacted to the news that The Beatles were no more, George Harrison gave an interview to the BBC for their religious television series Fact Or Fantasy?
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.
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 »
Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Phil Spector Engineer: Peter Bown The final day’s work on The Beatles’ last album Let It Be was a stereo mixing and edit session for three songs.
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.
Although stories about The Beatles’ split had been reported almost since they became famous, by early 1970 they had become hard to ignore. All the members were working on solo projects, and although they remained in the public eye, they were rarely seen as a group.
Ringo Starr made an appearance on the live BBC Radio 2 show Open House on this day.
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 »
Ringo Starr appeared on Frost On Sunday, presented by David Frost, on this day.
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.
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 »
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.