Saturday Scenes

Thu 14 April 2011

Fun is the One Thing that Money Can’t Buy

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 20:21

On the 9th of April in 1970, Paul McCartney put out a press release to announce the release of his first solo album, McCartney. The release, in question and answer format, stated unambiguously that he was not planning any new albums nor singles with the Beatles.

Paul McCartney Interview: Beatles Break-up 4/9/1970 – Beatles Interviews Database

Paul is asked if the release of the ‘McCartney’ LP is a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career, to which he replies that it is both. But when asked if he is planning a new album or single with the Beatles he answers in the negative. When questioned if he forsees a time when Lennon and McCartney will become an active songwriting partnership again, he answers directly and simply, “No.” Is his break with the Beatles temporary or permanent? Paul’s responds that he does not know. When asked the reason for his break with the group, Paul lists: “Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family.”

The following day, the Daily Mirror ran with the headline “Paul is Quitting the Beatles” and CBS News announced “The Beatles are Breaking Up.” A week later, McCartney’s solo album was released in the UK.

The McCartney album was released in the UK on April 17th 1970, just nine days following the release of what would be the Beatles final LP, Let It Be.

Let It Be was released 41 years ago. Other than the Beatles’ Anthology series in 1994, where McCartney, Harrison and Starr performed two unfinished Lennon songs, Let it Be and McCartney’s press release marked the official end of the Beatles.

And on the 9th of April in 2011, somebody spoke and I went into a dream.

Sorry! I was just singing along. On the 9th of April in 2011, these wonderful photographs were taken:

And here are the people who submitted, with a little help from their friends:

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