Let It Be

Timeline More from year 1970
Release date:
May 08, 1970

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From Let It Be | The Beatles:

The final Beatles album was first released on 8th May, 1970, just prior to the launch of the cinema film of the same name.

Rehearsals and recording sessions for the album had taken place in January, 1969 first At Twickenham Film Studios and later in the basement and on the roof of their Apple headquarters in London’s Savile Row.

A single comprising of “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” was released in April, 1969 but as The Beatles focussed their energies on a new album mainly recorded at Abbey Road, The “Get Back” album as it was then called remained unreleased.

Once Abbey Road had been issued and the completion of the documentary film now imminent, it was noticed that rehearsals of George’s song “I Me Mine” featured prominently in the film but had not been recorded in the studio. This was remedied on 3rd January, 1970 when George, Paul and Ringo performed it without John who was in Denmark. A second single from the album, which was now titled Let It Be appeared on 6th March.

Up to now the idea behind the album had been to capture the group “live in the studio” without overdubs or effects but this changed when producer, Phil Spector was brought in to re-produce the tracks. The Long And Winding Road, which had been given a new musical arrangement featuring orchestra and choir, was released as a single in the US and other markets but not the UK and became the group’s final # 1 single.

The album reached no. 1 for a three week stay during its 59 week chart stay. In the US, the album enjoyed a four week stay at #1 during an initial chart life of 55 weeks.

Last updated on May 1, 2021

The album


Special editions




Let It Be... Naked

By The Beatles • Official album

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Let It Be Sessions

By The Beatles • Unofficial album

Related songs



Dig A Pony

Officially appears on Let It Be


Dig It

Officially appears on Let It Be


For You Blue

Officially appears on Let It Be


Get Back

Officially appears on Let It Be


I Me Mine

Officially appears on Let It Be


I've Got A Feeling

Officially appears on Let It Be



Maggie Mae

Officially appears on Let It Be


One After 909

Officially appears on Let It Be


The Long And Winding Road

Officially appears on Let It Be


Two Of Us

Officially appears on Let It Be

Related films


Let It Be

1970 • For The Beatles • Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg


The Beatles: Get Back

2021 • For The Beatles • Directed by Peter Jackson

Related sessions


Mixing "Let It Be" album

Apr 02, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Overdubs for "Let It Be" album

Apr 01, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Mixing "Let It Be" album #4

Mar 27, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Mixing "Let It Be" album #3

Mar 26, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Mixing "Let It Be" album #2

Mar 25, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Mixing "Let It Be" album #1

Mar 23, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Recording "Let It Be"

Jan 04, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be


Recording "I Me Mine"

Jan 03, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be



Get Back sessions - January 28, 1969

Jan 28, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Get Back / Don't Let Me Down


Get Back sessions - January 27, 1969

Jan 27, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Get Back / Don't Let Me Down








Recording "Across The Universe"

Feb 04, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Anthology 2

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