Billboard #1 Hits: #232: “Let It Be”- The Beatles. April 11, 1970. #1 for 2 weeks.
- Single: “Let It Be”- The Beatles
- Record Company- Apple Records
- Genre: Pop
- Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
- Time: 3:50
- B-side:”You Know My Name [Look Up The Number}
- Album- Let It Be
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 in Billboard Hot 100 2 weeks. #2 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.
I hadn’t realized that “Let It Be” had directly replaced “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at #1 -two of the most iconic songs of 1970 back to back. Let It Be was written by Paul McCartney- and was on the Let It Be album- and a #1 single by The Beatles.One of the most famous of all Beatles songs- Let It Be was written as The Beatles were unraveling. Paul saw that John would rather be with Yoko than in the studio, George was unhappy- even Ringo had quit a few months earlier. Paul was now the one keeping The Beatles going. The song was written in the style of a hymn with Billy Preston’s gospel chords- and the mention of Mother Mary- which wasn’t THE mother Mary but Paul’s mother Mary who had died when he was a teenager. Paul has said that he wrote the song after waking up from a dream about his mother- and she was telling him in the dream everything was going to be alright. John would mistakingly claim that Paul was trying to write a Bridge Over Troubled Water here- but that wasn’t possible since Let It Be came first. In Ken Burns Vietnam documentary series last year- at the end of the series-Burns chose Let It Be to be the song playing at the end. Paul McCartney: vocal, backing vocal, piano, maracas: John Lennon:bass: George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar: Ringo Starr: drums: Billy Preston: organ, electric piano: Uncredited: 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tenor sax and cellos.