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Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles’ partnership

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. Read more »

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 »

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘War Is Over’ poster campaign is launched

John Lennon and Yoko Ono flew to Toronto, Canada on this day to begin the next stage of their peace campaign. To coincide with the launch, huge posters and billboards were erected in 12 countries proclaiming "War is over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko". Read more »

The Beatles lose control of Northern Songs

In April 1969, The Beatles held 27% of the capital in their publishing company Northern Songs. They wished, however, to take full control of the company, after their former partner and publisher Dick James had opened secret negotiations to sell to television executive Lew Grade. Read more »

Maclen (Music) Limited begins legal proceedings against Northern Songs

On this day Maclen (Music) Limited began legal proceedings against Northern Songs, the company founded by music publisher Dick James, Brian Epstein, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1963 to publish Lennon-McCartney songs. Read more »