March 14, 2019 – Let It Be (TBT)

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today we’re spotlighting the year 1970, which is the year that the Beatles released their last studio album, Let It Be. It was released May 8, 1970, about a month after the band’s break up. Despite the arguments and strife that had plagued the group during their recording of the White Album in 1968, Paul McCartney was eager to get back to touring and performing live again. He felt that the band’s cohesiveness had suffered over the years, without playing together live or recording together. So he wanted to get the group back to rehearsal and work on an album that would allow the band to return their roots. Rehearsals and recording sessions did not go well, with a temporary departure by George Harrison and Yoko Ono at the studio with John Lennon at all times. They filmed it all as part of a documentary, to be released at the same time as the album. It’s famous for showing a number of arguments and conflicts, intending to show the making of an album, but instead showing the break up of a band. When it was released, Let It Be topped the charts in both the US and UK, with the songs “Let It Be” and “The Long And Winding Road” also reaching number 1 in the US.

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