It Was 41 Years Ago Today. Paul McCartney Said The Beatles Wouldn't Play. Ever Again.
On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney, due to release his first solo record, chose instead of traditional promotional outlets, to essentially Q&A himself with a little help from Apple's Peter Brown. During the course of the interview, following months of rumors and speculation, he dropped the bomb, stopping just shy of uttering the words, "The Beatles have broken up."
Let It Be, (still referred to by its working title Get Back at the time) would not be released for another month. However many consider Let It Be the band's penultimate, not final album. Though Abbey Road was released before Let It Be, Abbey Road was actually the last studio album recorded while Let It Be was temporarily shelved pending a Phil Spector makeover. Today's video lunch is a bittersweet pill.
Q: "Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?"
PAUL: "Time will tell. Being a solo album means it's 'the start of a solo career...and not being done with the Beatles means it's just a rest. So it's both."
Q: "Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?"
PAUL: "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."
Q: "Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?"
Q: Are all [solo] songs by Paul McCartney alone?
A: Yes sir.
Q: Will they be so credited: McCartney?
A: It's a bit daft for them to be Lennon/McCartney credited, so "McCartney" it is.