Chart Position: 1

  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Backing vocals: John Lennon
  • Keyboards: Billy Preston, Paul McCartney
  • Guitar: George Harrison
  • Produced by Phil Spector
  • Recorded in London U.K. and Los Angeles CA
  • Phil Spector added strings and a choir to the 1969-recorded base track made by the Beatles and Billy Preston and, in Paul McCartney’s estimation, destroyed his song
  • This was the final Beatles #1 hit and the last single to be released while the band was together
  • The Beatles disbanded in 1970
  • Paul McCartney wrote this 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 most recent Beatles single to be released was ‘Real Love’ in 1996, in which Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison overdubbed vocals and instruments onto a John Lennon demo which was recorded in 1977
  • Later recorded by Top of the Pops (1970), Mark Lindsay (1970), Nancy Wilson (1970), Sandpipers (1970), Cissy Houston (1970), Ray Morgan (1970), Clydie King (1970), Four Tops (1970), Peggy Lee (1970), Wayne Newton (1970), Diana Ross (1970), Jerry Smith (1970), Stephanie Taylor (1970), Tony Bennett (1970), Four-Score Pianos (1970), Andre Kostelanetz (1970), Pleasure Machine (1970), Ray Charles (1971), Chris Connor (1971), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1971), Aretha Franklin (1971), Karen Wyman (1971), Hollyridge Strings (1971), Midnight String Quartet (1971),  Bill Medley (1971), Salena Jones (1971), Andy Williams (1972), Harald Winkler (1972), Oscar Benton (1972), Cher (1973), Anita Kerr Singers (1973), Len Rawle (1973), Kenny Rogers & First Edition (1973), Kings Road (1973), Barbara Dickson (1974), Paloma San Basilio (1975), Matt Monro (1975), Andy Mackay (1977), Donny Gerrard (1976), Olivia Newton-John (1976), New Birth (1976), Leo Sayer (1977), Wings (1977), Melba Moore (1977), Tommy McLain (1977), Peter Frampton (1978), Morgana King (1981), Now Sound Orchestra (1980), Sarah Vaughan (1981), Gary Puckett (1982), Jack Jones (1982), Willis Jackson (1982), Billy Ocean (1984), John Bayless (1984), Paul McCartney (1984), Gerry Marsden (1985), Stanford Mixed Co. (1987), London Starlight Orchestra (1988), Richie Havens (1987), Mike Sceptre Singers (1991), Neil Hogan (1989), Brazilian Tropical Orchestra (1990), George Benson (1995), Jan Vayne (1992), Gary Tesca Orchestra (1994), John Berry (1995), Amii Stewart (1995), Starshine Orchestra & Singers (1996), Tom Jones (1997), Wayne Gratz (1997), Kevin Rowland (1999), Spectrum (1999), BB Band (1999), Joe Longthorne (1999), Zizi Possi (2000), Litto Nebbia (2001), Sylvain Cossette (2001), Jason Falkner (2001), Will Young (2002), George Michael (2002), Love Hunters (2002), Charlemaine (2002), Chant Masters (2004), Kevin Paige (2005), Tom Solomon (2005), Maci Miller (2006), Mile 21 (2006), Alti & Bassi (2006), Judy Collins (2007), Karsten Holm (2007), Barry Manilow (2007), Engelbert Humperdinck (2007),  David Archuleta (2008), Maureen McGovern (2008), Chris de Burgh (2008), Donna Menthol (2008), Katie Noonan (2008), Air Supply (2009), Ruben Stoddard (2009), Overbord (2009), Los Cafres (2009), Marco di Marzio (2010), Coverbeats (2010), Bluebirds (2011), Roberta Flack (2012), Military Wives (2012), Phil Perry (2013), Karon Kate Blackwell (2013), Cheryl Porter (2013), Ben Forster (2013), Donny Osmond (2014),  Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (2014), Carl Hall (2015), Narada Michael Walden (2015), Jeff Dix (2015), Faux Lives (2018), Beat Bugs (2018), Sheryl Ann Starlight (2019) and many others

long and winding road

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