It was fifty years ago today- one of the big stories of the year- Paul McCartney announced that he was quitting The Beatles.
A long and excellent read on the break up attached below.–
Paul’s announcement shook the world- but Beatles insiders knew they were breaking up. John Lennon had told the others that he was leaving the previous September but ended up agreeing to keep quit. What ended up ticking John, George and Ringo off was how Paul revealed the break-up- as a way of promoting his first solo album- which conflicted with the release of the long awaited final Beatles release Let It Be.
I became a music fanatic in the mid-70’s and the The Beatles were the first artists I was turned on to. During the late 70’s my Beatle buddies and I would argue over The Beatles break-up- and whether they should or would get back together. I always took the view that I still believe today that it was a stroke of genius that they quit when they did still on top and that they never got back together. Their story is as my friend Dan would say- The Greatest Story Ever Told. By early 1970 they had given enough to the world. They were unhappy. It was time for all four of them to do their own thing. There was no way George was going to be happy at that point with a song or two on a Beatles album for an example.
I never blamed Yoko as many do for the break-up. It was time to go separate ways and all four of them went on to successful solo careers. They all deserved the opportunity to do their own thing. Those who think they should have stayed together are forgetting the human aspect of it all. They’d been together for so long, they had given so much. At this point they were getting on each others nerves. The Beatles were magical- and by quitting when they did- The Beatles story remains magical forever.