Chart Position: 1

  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Written by Paul McCartney
  • Keyboards: Billy Preston and Paul McCartney
  • Guitar: George Harrison
  • Produced by Phil Spector
  • Spector added strings and a choir to the 1969-recorded base track made by the Beatles and Billy Preston and, in McCartney’s estimation, destroyed his song
  • This was the last Beatles #1 and the last single to be released while the band was together
  • McCartney wrote the song in 1968 while on holiday at his farm in Scotland
  • The song’s inspiration is a 31 mile road along the Scottish coast
  • The song has no chorus
  • The most recent Beatles single to be released was ‘Real Love’ in 1996, in which McCartney, Starr and Harrison overdubbed vocals and instruments onto a John Lennon demo which he had recorded in 1977
  • Later recorded by Ray Charles, Cher, Barry Manilow, Bill Medley, George Benson and Gladys Knight & the Pips

long and winding road

 

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