Why did the Beatles quit
50 years ago : That was the reason the Beatles broke up
Berlin - 50 years ago, on April 10, 1970, the unbelievable for many fans happened: Paul McCartney announced the end of the Beatles in a succinct press release. The boy band is the most successful band of all time, from 1962 to 1970 they sold more than 500 million records and posted 17 consecutive number 1 hits. To date, the Beatles have sold more than a billion records, making them one of the undisputed front runners ahead of Elvis Presley, with Michael Jackson and Madonna following a long way behind.
Rumors about the dissolution of the mushroom caps had been circulating in the world press for months. But now there was an explanation, now it was official: McCartney had sent the British press a copy of his first solo LP "McCartney" and enclosed an interview in which he almost casually announced the breakup of the Beatles. As a justification, he cited: "Personal, business and musical differences, but above all so that I have more time for my family."
"The party is over"
McCartney apparently wanted to break up. When asked if he saw a future for the musical work between himself and John Lennon, he gave the clear answer: "No." However, he left it open whether the band breakup was final. In a later interview he was surprised by the vehement reactions: “Everything was a big misunderstanding. I saw the headlines and thought what did I do. The Beatles left the Beatles and I was the one who said the party was over. "
So the "question of guilt" seemed quickly resolved. But another story quickly caught on: Most of the shocked fans blamed John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono for the breakup of the band. He met the Japanese conceptual artist in 1966 at an exhibition in London. Their constant presence during recordings caused displeasure among the other three Beatles, because actually everyone had agreed that no “outsider” would be present in the studio.
For many Beatles fans, Yoko Ono - the woman who destroyed the sacred men's society - became the most hated woman on the music scene after the band ended. “It's just a band that is falling apart. It's not the end of the world, ”Lennon said soothingly. But it was to be of no use, the story of the power-hungry woman and her destructive work was simply too well received.
It was a slow death of the band, the end had already been looming since their trip to India in 1967 with Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, when their respective different interests became clear for the first time. In the same year, their manager Brian Epstein - who could never be replaced equally - died and the Beatles tried to take the business into their own hands.
Not very successful: Your newly founded company Apple Corps wanted to take musicians as well as other young artists under their wing, which ended in a financial disaster. George Harrison was no longer satisfied with playing second fiddle behind Lennon / McCartney with his compositions. Ringo Starr later said: “Everyone wanted something different.” At the end of the 1960s, he and Harrison also “left” the band for a while. After a meeting at the EMI record company in the autumn of 1969, Lennon declared that he wanted "a divorce" from the other band members.
"All You Need Is Love"
Her music was still awesome. With the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band "they achieved a milestone in pop music history," All You Need Is Love "became the anthem of the flower power generation. But at that time all four Beatles had been pursuing their own projects for a long time. McCartney first alone and then with his new band Wings, Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band, Harrison and Starr with solo albums. The four men sat down in front of the camera, the scenes were cut out and kept under lock and key to this day.
Lennon, Harrison and Starr wanted to hire the American businessman Allen Klein as the new manager, which McCartney blocked with his veto. He sued the other three in the London High Court and won the case. Until the end of the 1970s, the legal disputes between the four musicians, Klein, the old record company EMI and the liquidation of the Apple company occupied a whole armada of lawyers and courts. The personal relationships of the four Liverpoolers were strained accordingly.
The hopes for a comeback of the Beatles remained unfulfilled. While Lennon became a political activist and organized "happenings" and "sit-ins" for world peace with his wife, McCartney celebrated family life with his wife Linda and toured with the Wings. In 1980, Lennon was shot dead by a deranged assassin and parts of the Beatles' rights fell to Ono.
A dispute broke out between her and McCartney over the "writing credits". The Beatles released the songs under "Lennon / McCartney". Paul wanted to change that and demanded that songs composed by himself - like the song "Yesterday" - be listed under the authorship of "McCartney / Lennon" in the future. "John himself always believed that," he affirmed. But Ono refused: "This is ridiculous, absurd and petty and John can no longer defend himself."
In 1994 the three survivors got together again for “Anthology”, when they released the two unreleased Lennon songs “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” for the last time under the name Beatles. In 1997 Ono compared her husband to Mozart, whereas she equated McCartney with Mozart's unsuccessful competitor Salieri.
Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001, the almost 80-year-old Starr enjoys life, plays a new album every now and then or appears as a guest at colleagues' performances. McCartney, now 77 years old, has been married to Nancy Shevell for the third time since 2011. He is still on tour and this year he wanted to make a guest appearance in Hanover at the beginning of June. Whether the concert will take place is currently in the stars because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The reconciliation between McCartney and Ono took more than 40 years to come. It wasn't until 2012 that he said in an interview: "The breakup of the Beatles wasn't Yoko's fault."
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