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On This Day in Music History: The End of The Beatles

written by: on April 10, 2012

On April 10, 1970 Paul McCartney announced the break up of the Beatles.

The Beatles had spent the last few years drifting apart, each of the Beatles were pursuing their separate musical interests. By spring of 1970 there were no official plans for the group to record again in the future. It seemed like the only thing left connecting the guys was an extremely complicated web of business relations and contracts. But overall, fans still had an optimistic attitude that the tides would shift and soon the Beatles would be reunited.

A week before McCartney’s debut solo album was set to release, McCartney put out statements through an interview. His answers reflected the gray area the Beatles stood in. Immediately bold headlines announcing the end of the Beatles ran rampant. The answers were taken as an official declaration of the Beatles break up.

By the end of 1970, McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison would all release successful solo albums.