On this day April 10, 1970

Paul McCartney announces the break up of The Beatles. The completion of the song “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” for the album on 20 August 1969 was the last time all four Beatles were together in the same studio.

Let It Be cover

Let It Be cover

Lennon announced his departure to the rest of the group on 20 September 1969, but agreed that no announcement was to be publicly made until a number of legal matters were resolved.

Their final new song was Harrison’s “I Me Mine”, recorded 3 January 1970 and released on the Let It Be album. It was recorded without Lennon, who was in Denmark at the time.

In March 1970, the Get Back session tapes were given to American producer Phil Spector, who had produced Lennon’s solo single “Instant Karma!”.

Spector’s Wall of Sound production values went against the original intent of the record, which had been to record a stripped-down live performance. McCartney was deeply dissatisfied with Spector’s treatment of “The Long and Winding Road” and unsuccessfully attempted to halt release of Spector’s version of the song.

McCartney publicly announced the break-up on 10 April 1970, a week before releasing his first solo album, McCartney. Pre-release copies included a press release with a self-written interview explaining the end of The Beatles and his hopes for the future.

The Beatles’ partnership was not dissolved until 1975, though McCartney filed a suit for the dissolution on 31 December 1970, effectively ending the band’s career together.

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