On this day in 1970 The Beatles hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the 20th and final time. The Beatles had officially broken up a couple months earlier when Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the group. Their album “Let It Be” was released and the album and the title track went to #1. The “Let It Be” album was produced by Phil Spector and Paul McCartney has always been critical of the production on that album and “The Long And Winding Road” in particular. The song was heavily orchestrated. A decade or so ago Paul had the album remastered to the way he wanted it. The original “Let It Be” was the only Beatles album not produced by George Martin.
The Beatles all these years later still hold the record in the United States with 20 #1 hits. Their biggest chart success was “Hey Jude.” Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey have had 18 #1’s, Rihanna 14, Michael Jackson 13, The Supremes and Madonna check in with 12 #1’s. Whitney Houston had 11 and Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson have had 10 each.
After The Beatles break-up- Paul has had 9 #1’s- George had 3, John and Ringo 2 each for a total of 16– so as The Beatles or as solo artists the tally goes up to 36.