Australian singles charts:
Get Back entered the Kent charts on 10 May 1969 and went to #1, where it remained for 5 weeks. The song was #8 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The song was on Let It Be which entered the Kent album charts on 8 June 1970 and reached #1 the following week, where it remained for 4 weeks. Let it Be was in Australia’s Top 20 album charts for 51 weeks.
Paul McCartney wrote: “We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air … we started to write words there and then … when we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to roller-coast by.”
Billy Preston joined the Beatles on keyboards, having been recruited by George Harrison partly with a view to deterring bickering among the Beatles
Get Back was going to be the title of the album and the documentary film about making it. The Beatles stopped touring in 1966 and were worn thin by 1968, but they rekindled their passion for performance after shooting the Hey Jude promotional film in September that year before a live audience. Energised by the effort, they agreed to the documentary; the concept was The Beatles “getting back” to their roots and playing new songs for a live audience without any studio tricks.
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