Monday, June 13, 2016

The Beatles’ Last #1 Hit Song is Released

June 13, 1970
“The Long and Winding Road,” a ballad written by Paul McCartney, became the Beatles’ 20th and last #1 hit song for the group in the U.S. was released on this day in 1970. However, the final version of the song is not the version that the group had played. During the original recording, John Lennon, who had only played the bass occasionally up until this point, had made a number of mistakes. Phil Spector felt that the song needed a large band-aid to cover up these mistakes, and so, without the Beatles’ knowledge, he added orchestral overdubs to the song including eight violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trombones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women. When McCarney heard the final version of the tune, he was outraged, demanded that Apple Records eliminated the extra music and vocals and gave the official breakup announcement of the group. The album was released with the overdubs in place. Since 1970, six other versions of the song has been released by McCartney.

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