The Beatles and Beatlemania ended when they all split up in 1970, and for me I was always aware of the Beatles but it was not until the mid-70s that I really discovered them. Sad really to have missed it first time round, maybe it was Star Trek on the TV that had my attention. The Beatles were legally split in 1975, after huge court cases were finished.
So music of the 70s had all the Beatles members, who had solo projects in the 1970s, Paul McCartney had his Wings, John Lennon had “Imagine”,Ringo Starr had his “Photograph”, and George Harrison had “My Sweet Lord” .
The last Beatles album “Let it be” in 1970, included the tracks “Get back” and the “Long and winding road” the next album was The Beatles compilation 1962-1966. Everyone at school had this and raved about it. Except me. A single from 1970 “The Beatles” and “Let It Be”. Paul McCartney was inspired to write the song, whilst reflecting on the death of his mother when he was aged just fourteen.
Also to chart in the music of the 70s was the beautiful “Long And Winding Road” that Paul wrote when he was at his farm in Scotland.
The long and winding road That leads to your door Will never disappear I’ve seen that road before
It always leads me here Lead me to your door.
The Beatles had several big Single hits in 1976, including the beautiful track “Yesterday” written by Paul, who insists he dreamed the tune. The second Beatles compilation released was for the period that covered 1967- 1970 , this included “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Lady Madonna”, ”Hey Jude”, ”Get Back”, “Across The Universe” and many more. Lucy in the Sky was NOT about drugs but about a picture of his son Julian done at school.
Although the Beatles were not recording the back catalogue was coming out again and again. Another LP out this year “Rock “n” roll music” and then in 1977 along came “Love songs” that included “In My Life”, ”Michelle”, ”The Long And Winding Road “, and if that was not enough “The Beatles at the Hollywood bowl” was also out this year. I got that on a cassette tape and played it to death. It was raw but really showed how good the Beatles really were. I was now hooked.
The collections kept comings “The Beatles Collections”, ”Rarities” and “The Beatles Ballads”. Because of this singles came back into the charts including Back In The USSR. written in 1968, and coming from “The White “album, the single was inspired by Chuck Berry’s “Back In The USA” and the music of The Beach Boys.
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