The Beatles’ diary -- 8th May 1970

Friday, 8th May 1970

UK singles chart
  1. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  2. All Kinds Of Everything – Dana
  3. Back Home – England World Cup Squad
  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  5. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Andy Williams
UK albums chart
  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. McCartney – Paul McCartney
  3. Greatest Hits – Andy Williams
  4. Tom – Tom Jones
  5. Easy Rider – Original Soundtrack

‘Let It Be’ album – front cover ReleasedUK box-set. Let It Be Peak position: Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Released their last UK studio album: ‘Let It Be’, in a box-set with a book. (It was re-released without the book on the 6th November.) Reviews were decidedly mixed, and the harshest words came from close to home. George Martin lamented: “It was always understood that the album would be like nothing the Beatles had done before. It would be honest, no overdubbing, no editing, truly live… almost amateurish. When John bought in Phil Spector he contradicted everything he had said before. When I heard the final sounds I was shaken. They were so uncharacteristic of the clean sounds the Beatles had always used.” Glyn Johns (who might have been expected to dump it anyway) said: “He totally and utterly wrecked the album. I really think he crucified what was a bloody good …

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