Let It Be Rehearsals 1969

June 18, 2016

"Let It Be" is a song by The Beatles...

released in March 1970 as a single...

and in an alternate mix as the title track of their album Let It Be...

 

The first rehearsal of "Let It Be" took place at Twickenham Film Studios on 3 January 1969 where the group had...the previous day...begun what would become the Let It Be film...

During this stage of the film they were only recording on the mono decks used for syncing to the film cameras and were not making multi-track recordings for release...

A single take was recorded with just McCartney on piano and vocals...

The first attempt with the other Beatles was made on January 8th...

Work continued on the song throughout the month...

Multi-track recordings commenced on January 23rd at Apple Studios..

 

At the time...it had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100...reaching number 6...

It was written and sung by Paul McCartney...

 

It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band...

Both the Let It Be album and the US single "The Long and Winding Road" were released after McCartney's announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group...

 

McCartney said he had the idea of "Let It Be" after he had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding the White Album sessions for The Beatles in 1968...

 

According to McCartney...

the song's reference to "Mother Mary" was not a biblical reference...

The phrase has at times been used as a reference to the Virgin Mary...the mother of Jesus Christ...in fact...the words "let it be" are a direct quote from the Prayer of the Annunciation... Mary's response to the Angel Gabriel in Luke 1.38...

 

Nevertheless, McCartney explained that his mother who died of cancer when he was fourteen  was the inspiration for the "Mother Mary" lyric...

 

He later said..."It was great to visit with her again...I felt very blessed to have that dream...So that got me writing 'Let It Be'"...

 

He also said in a later interview about the dream that his mother had told him "It will be all right...just let it be"...

 

When asked if the song referred to the Virgin Mary...

McCartney has typically answered the question by assuring his fans that they can interpret the song however they would like...!

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