A Brief History
On May 8, 1970, the Fab Four, the Mop Tops, or simply, The Beatles, released what would be their final album, Let it Be. Incredibly, the 35 minute and 10 second album was only the 5th album produced by the arguably greatest Rock and Roll band of all time.
Side 1 featured the songs:
- “Two of Us”
- “Dig a Pony”
- “Across the Universe”
- “I Me Mine”
- “Dig It”
- “Let It Be”
- “Maggie Mae”
and Side 2 featured:
- “I’ve Got a Feeling”
- “One After 909”
- “The Long and Winding Road”
- “For You Blue”
- “Get Back”
The album was actually released months after John Lennon had left the Beatles, and though the album was a huge popular success, reaching #1 status, it became a source of controversy and critical disdain.
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For more information, please see…
Niccolini, Ilse. How The Beatles Knew: A Theory of How They Wrote Their Songs. Tonal Publications, 2021.
Wilson, Terry. Four Sides Of The Circle: The Beatles’ Second Phase, 1970-1974. Independently published, 2022.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Bernard Gotfryd of The Beatles, is from the Bernard Gotfryd collection at the Library of Congress. According to the library, there are no known copyright restrictions on the use of this work. Mr. Gotfryd’s photographs were restricted during his lifetime. Mr. Gotfryd died in 2016.
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