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