"Let it Be," which turns 44 today, gave the public an intimate look at the band's dynamics at the time when their relationships with one another was already strained to almost breaking point. Nevertheless, it remains to be one of The Beatles' most celebrated efforts.
The Michael Lindsay-Hogg-helmed “Let It Be” was filmed during The Beatles’ rehearsal and recording sessions for what would turn out to be their final studio album of the same name in January 1969. It was reportedly originally planned as a documentary for television followed by a concert broadcast; however, this was eventually scrapped, and so “Let It Be” became a full-length feature. The famous impromptu concert at Apple headquarters’ rooftop, also their last performance in public filmed on January 30 during lunchtime, concluded the film. For their efforts, John, Paul, George, and Ringo were honored with an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score in 1971.
Unfortunately, though, the relationships between the members were already strained by the time cameras started rolling once more, something that was quite apparent on “Let It Be.” Rows and exchanges of cutting remarks were reportedly made, although most of this, of course, didn’t end up in the final cut. This includes a row between Paul and George, which ended in the latter temporarily quitting the band. George eventually returned but only after his demands to move to a new recording studio from Twickenham to Apple Records’ new studio in Savile Row and to drop the planned concert were met (hence, the move to turn “Let It Be” into a movie).
“Let It Be” finally had its world premiere on this day in 1970 in New York City, more than a year after it was filmed and just two days after the eponymous album was released. The movie also premiered in the United Kingdom 10 days later, in the band’s native Liverpool and in London. Unfortunately, none of the Beatles members reportedly showed up during these events.
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