Let It Be (song) - The Paul McCartney Project

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.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #232: “LET IT BE” -THE BEATLES – APRIL 11, 1970

  1. I know there was a lot of criticism around the Phil Spector wall of sound treatment of the tune and the entire album. Frankly, his mix never bothered me – I think in large part because that’s the version of the record I came to love first. I like the “naked” takes as well.

    “Let It Be” is a timeless gem of a ballad. Seeing Paul McCartney perform at the two shows I was fortunate to attend was a highlight.

    In Germany in the late ‘80s, things got pretty emotional. There were many folks in the audience who looked like they had grown up with The Beatles. There were lots of tears. It was very moving to witness – almost a moment of Beatlemania in a more subdued form. You couldn’t help it but well up yourself!

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