Did Linda McCartney separate the Beatles

The Beatles: Separation after only ten years

Status: 04/10/2020 7:20 p.m.
According to their record company EMI Music, the Beatles have sold more than a billion records.

In 1960 the Beatles came together and started a unique career. After ten years, the most successful band in music history based on records sold fell apart again. On April 10, 1970 Paul McCartney announced his exit from the Beatles. What were the reasons?

For a movie scene, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed live on the roof of the Apple building in London on January 30, 1969. They played an unannounced concert. Traffic stalled, people jostled - and the police had to bring order to the chaos. The Beatles didn't care: They acted powerful, harmonious, rocky - incomparable. What a band! "I hope we passed the audition," said John Lennon to the laughter of the audience on the roof of the building.

A few months later, the four musicians had fallen out so much that nothing worked. Paul McCartney officially left the Beatles on April 10, 1970. A step that George Harrison and John Lennon had actually wanted to take before him.

Breaking up the Beatles: who was to blame?

How did the break come about? The expectations of the Beatles had grown bigger and bigger. No band had mixed up the world like that. With the album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the Beatles released a milestone in Pomusik in 1967. Cheeky, experimental. Rock music that knows no more borders. The Beatles' ideas seemed almost inexhaustible. The four friends seemed imperturbable as a unit. And that raised the bar. But Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr went from being a closed band to being four creative individuals. And not without tension. "We've had problems as a band for a long time," George Harrison later admitted. "When you grow up, you move out. And that's how we did it. It was just time for a change."

"Abbey Road" was the Beatles' last album.

The so-called White Album ("The Beatles") followed on from "Sgt. Pepper" and was diverse and imaginative. Then "Abbey Road" was released, the album with the famous zebra crossing. But the four had enough. George Harrison found his love in Indian culture, he wanted to get out even before Paul McCartney. Just like John Lennon, who married the artist Yoko Ono. Was it Yoko's fault? "No," was Paul McCartney's definite answer. They just grew up, that's all, he emphasized again decades after the separation. At that time Paul had also met a woman who gave his life a different direction. His first wife, Linda, with whom he later started a family and had four children.

Beatles split: "Not the end of the world"

The beginning of the end of the Beatles was when their manager Brian Epstein died in 1967 at the age of 32. He had swallowed an overdose of pills. "I don't know what to say," said a startled John Lennon in his first reaction. "We just heard it. It's awful."

With the death of Epstein, the Beatles lost something like their center. Paul took care and got on the nerves of the others. He had a documentary film "Let It Be" made about her. The flick was proof of failure, but with still good music. A good ten years after they first appeared as the Beatles, the band was history in 1970. "It's just a band that is falling apart. It's not the end of the world," said John Lennon. Paul McCartney had previously said: "The secret is that we are all part of the whole." Now the four went their separate ways.


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