Why Did The Beatles Break Up in 1970?

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Introduction to The Beatles Break Up

As explained by the previous article of A Short Biography of the Beatles; Four musicians, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, came together to form The Beatles band in Liverpool in 1960. The Beatles are the most influential and greatest band of all time. 

Beatles were able to capture an international audience for six years, from 1964 to 1970. In the band’s period, they introduced more new creations into mainstream music than other bands. However, they broke up in 1970, but why exactly did the Beatles break up?

The Break-Up Phases

The Break-Up Phases of Beatles

The band decided to take a break after several world tours in 1966 when they also opted not to play live for a while. However, during this break, Lennon was actually shooting a movie in Spain, named “How I Won the War,” unexpectedly. Digging deeper, the initial phase of their break-up reportedly occurred in 1969, when Lennon revealed privately to his mates that he was leaving the band. 

However, during the latter 1970, McCartney also intended to leave the group, when the public knew the situation as well. Eventually, after the break-up, all four musicians were later working on individual projects.

Lennon’s thoughts after the break were later revealed, stating, “I was thinking, ‘Well, this is the end, really. There’s no more touring. That means there’s going to be a blank space in the future That’s when I really started considering life without the Beatles – what would it be? And that’s when the seed was planted that I had to somehow get out of the Beatles without being thrown out by the others. 

But I could never step out of the palace because it was too frightening.” Lennon also eventually started a relationship with Yoko Ono. He started to spend most of his time with her, even in the studio, which annoyed the band’s other musicians. Lennon focused on creative projects with Ono, leaving aside his obligations with the band.

What Caused the Decision?

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In particular, the band realized that they had been deceived by McCartney by using a break-up they understood was well underway of promoting his new album. The Beatles became a glowering mess of pride, paranoia, anger, hard-drug addiction, spiritual ambiguity, misunderstanding, and poorly disguised resentment, under the strains of enormous worldwide success and outstanding cultural anticipation.

In addition, in 1967, Brian Epstein, the band’s manager, was found dead in his house as a result of a drug overdose. The manager has been an essential reason for the popularity of the band with his commitment, but reportedly, he had also suffered depression due to personal reasons. The band sometimes depended on the manager to resolve potential conflicts, so after his death, they couldn’t handle it properly anymore. This would have resulted in risen conflicts, factoring the Beatle’s break up.

When McCartney made the announcement of the breakup from the band, he mentioned various reasons, stating, “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,” for the split. The Beatles themselves were also surprised regarding the breakup. McCartney would later say that his announcement was not meant to be taken as a split release and was “devastated” by the response. 

The Final Band Dissolve

By the end of that year, Paul eventually filed a suit to break the business relationship of the Beatles, a legal procedure that would finally officialize the unofficial split that he declared in 1970. In proceedings that would only officially wrap up The Beatles on 9 January 1975, McCartney submitted to the courts to split the band. Fairly soon, the individual Beatles were firmly into prosperous solo careers, and the feistiness of their breakup had far outlived their popularity and reputation.

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