Today in History: The Beatles Split Up (1970)

On this day, 43 years ago, fans around the world were saddened by the news of The Beatles breaking up after 10 glorious years of making music together. Learn more about the split of the famed British band in this installment of Today in History.

The Beatles in 1969. Photo via glenngreenbergsgrumblings.blogspot.com

April 10, 1970 was a particularly sad day for the fans of iconic British rock band The Beatles. On that day, Paul McCartney sent out a press release announcing his departure from band, just a few days after his solo debut album was set to be launched. While he did not directly say that the band had split, it has been believed that his statements about the group, their management by Allen Klein, and his unyielding statement that it’s over for the Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo, nevertheless effectively severed the ties for everyone in the band.

While fans from the past and present have been scrutinizing many angles, theories, and speculations about the group’s break up, everyone observed that the split was the result of a strained relationship further weakened by artistic differences as well as financial and legal conflicts.

The Beatles gave their last public show on January 30, 1969 on the rooftop of Apple Studio’s headquarters. Photo via www.philsbook.com

If you want to learn more about the Beatles split, you might want to read about Paul McCartney's press release on The Beatles Bible. The Huffington Post has also reported about Yoko Ono's insights about the band's 'divorce', while Yahoo! Entertainment has a brief feature about McCartney's comment that Ono shouldn't be blamed for the break up..

Meanwhile, here on the Magazine, you can find a variety of articles that are dedicated to celebrating the legacy of The Beatles! Check them out:

Beatlemania in the 1960's
Influential Photographs: The Beatles’ Abbey Road Album Cover, 1969 by Iain Macmillan
The Lost Beatles Photographs
Seven of the Best Beatles Songs by Paul McCartney

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-04-10 in #lifestyle #music #beatles #split #the-beatles #analogue-lifestyle #break-up #today-in-history #lomography #history

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