The Long and Winding Road

By | Jun 13, 2013

On June 13, 1970 the Long and Winding Road by the Beatles hit number one of the Billboard Charts. It was their last Number One. The single stayed at the top spot for two weeks.

The song was credited to the writing team of Lennon/McCartney, but it was nearly completely Paul McCartney’s song.

The version that hit number 1 was one that was produced by Phil Spector using recordings from early 1969. Spector added orchestration that included 8 violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trombones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women.

The original recordings had McCartney on piano, John Lennon on bass guitar, George Harrison on guitar, Ringo Starr on drums, and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. This original can be found on the Anthology 3, released in 1996.

McCartney has included the song in his concerts. The first time was during the Wings Over America tour in 1976 one of the few Beatles songs that were done on that tour.

The song was part of a recording session for an album that was originally going to be titled Get Back, to be released in early 1969. The songs were remixed by Phil Spector for the Let It Be album. All of the songs from this album were recorded before the songs on Abbey Road. Even though the songs on Let It Be were the last songs released, they were not the last songs recorded by the Beatles before their breakup in early 1970.


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