We were pretty good mates until The Beatles started to split up and Yoko came into it.”
— Paul McCartney
“I just got so fed up with the bad vibes. I didn’t care if it was The Beatles; I was getting out.”
— George Harrison
When you talk to Beatles fans about the breakup of the world’s most popular music group, they will almost universally point to Paul McCartney’s April 1970 announcement that he was done with the group as being the “official” end of The Beatles. In reality, the end came much sooner, and this past Wednesday, Jan. 30, marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last public performance.
The band’s last tour had been in 1966, and the members had increasingly gone in different directions musically, with Paul continuing on a more mainstream pop music course, John moving into more experimental music, George pursuing more songwriting and eastern influences, and Ringo developing his acting career.
Still, the Fab Four found themselves able to get together and record Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band in late 1966, and the White Album in early 1968. By late 1968, they were pulled back together by a contractual obligation to record a new album and convert the music from it into a movie. The project, originally called “Get Back’”would eventually become the film “Let it Be,” for which the group would win an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
Source: David Hejmanowski - Contributing columnist/
The Delaware Gazette