Paul McCartney reacts angrily to a letter from John Lennon and George Harrison, delivered by Ringo Starr

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. Read more »

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 the public recording during The Beatles' rooftop performance.

Several of these vox pops were used in the Let It Be film. In the end, however, Spector rejected the idea for the Let It Be album. Indeed, only one brief piece of dialogue from the entire film soundtrack reels made it onto the LP: John Lennon introducing For You Blue with the words "Queen says no to pot-smoking FBI members".

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. Read more »

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 the session musicians to hear while they performed during the 1 April session. Read more »

Mixing, editing: I’ve Got A Feeling, Dig A Pony, One After 909, I Me Mine, Across The Universe

Room 4, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineer: Peter Bown

After two attempts by Glyn Johns at assembling a Get Back LP were rejected by The Beatles, maverick producer Phil Spector was brought in to work on the tapes. Read more »

George Harrison is interviewed for the BBC’s The Beatles Today

In the earlier part of The Beatles' career the BBC had broadcast a number of Beatles specials on radio and television, but as the group retreated from the public eye they became less frequent. On this day, however, George Harrison contributed to a bank holiday special which was later aired on BBC Radio 1. Read more »

Recording: It Don’t Come Easy by Ringo Starr

Trident Studios, London
Producer: George Harrison

Recording for Ringo Starr's debut UK solo single was a curiously drawn out affair. He had recorded two versions of It Don't Come Easy on 18 and 19 February 1970, but these were discarded and a remake was recorded on 8 March 1970. Read more »