Let It Be
The Beatles
Beatles 1970 Let It Be 45

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

1970
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970 for two weeks
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1970
  • from the album Let It Be (1970)
  • ranks #20 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney; the song was written during the sessions for the White Album
  • the initial track recordings were done in January, 1969 but were then revisited in January of 1970
  • the 45rpm version of the song produced by George Martin and Chris Thomas differs quite a bit from the album version produced by Phil Spector which McCartney thought "sounded terrible"
  • McCartney has said the idea for "Let It Be" came from a dream he had about his mother, Mary, who died of cancer when he was fourteen - in the dream his mother told him, "it will be all right, just let it be"
  • John Lennon made comments to Playboy magazine in 1980 about "Let It Be":  That's Paul. What can you say? Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could've been Wings. I don't know what he's thinking when he writes "Let It Be". I think it was inspired by "Bridge Over Troubled Water". That's my feeling, although I have nothing to go on. I know he wanted to write a "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; the recording sessions for "Let It Be" initiated January, 1969, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" was released January 26, 1970
  • Linda McCartney's backing vocals on the 45rpm version are the only known contribution by Paul's wife to any Beatles song; Paul: "There's a high harmony that she did.  She'd come round the studio one night when I was putting harmonies on it, and there's a very high one I couldn't get."
  • "Let It Be" was the last single to be released by The Beatles before their split was announced to the press by McCartney on April 10, 1970
  • on the record:
         Paul McCartney- vocals, backing vocals, piano, maracas
         John Lennon- bass, backing vocals
         George Harrison- lead guitar, backing vocals
         Ringo Starr- drums
         Billy Preston- organ, electric piano
         Linda McCartney- backing vocals (45rpm only)
         uncredited: two trumpets, two trombones, tenor saxophone, cellos
  • produced by George Martin and Chris Thomas (45 version), Phil Spector (LP version)
  • recorded January 25, 26, 31, 1969 (Apple Studios); April 30, 1969, Jan 4, 1970 (EMI Studios, Abbey Road)
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