On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles, who had performed together for eight years, were going their separate ways. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the breakup of one of the most successful rock-and-roll bands in history…
The Final Breakup Occurred at Disney World The official dissolution papers were drawn up and ready to be signed at the Plaza Hotel in New York. George and Paul had arranged to fly in and be present, while Ringo signed the necessary documents at an earlier time, while still in England. But John Lennon never showed up to the meeting. Instead, he was relaxing at Disney World at the Polynesian Village Hotel. An Apple lawyer brought the mammoth contract down to Disney Work for Lennon to sign. Thus, with the Magic Kingdom as his backdrop, Lennon became the last member of the iconic group to sign the dissolution papers that officially ended the greatest rock 'n' roll band in history.
The Beatles Stopped Touring in 1966 The last official tour performance given by the Beatles was in San Francisco. The only exception was a rooftop concert that was impromptu and given at Apple (recording studio) Headquarters in London. The reasons given for stopping their musical tours included exhaustion, poor sound quality at their concerts and unease about security while performing. It didn’t help that fans were screaming so loudly the band couldn’t hear themselves either playing or singing.
Lennon Formed Another Band Before the Breakup Was Announced Lennon was starting independent projects apart from the Beatles when he and his wife formed the Plastic Ono Band in 1969. The couple first recorded an experimental album together in 1968, and they worked together on “Revolution 9,” which appeared in the “White Album.” Lennon also performed with the Plastic Ono Band at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Festival, inviting George Harrison to perform as well, but Harrison said no.
Yoko Ono Was Blamed by Fans for the Breakup John Lennon’s relationship with artist Yoko Ono led him to bring her along to the studio, which annoyed the other band members. When Lennon began collaborating with Ono on projects, the other band members saw this as a sign of neglecting the band. When Lennon was told by the band members they didn’t want her at all the Beatles gatherings, Lennon responded that she wanted to be one of them but it was obvious she wasn't welcome. Rumors went around at the time that John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, was the cause of the band’s breakup.
They Almost Reunited on Saturday Night Live On a 1976 episode of "Saturday Night Live," creator Lorne Michaels jokingly offered The Beatles a check for $3,000 in exchange for reuniting on his show. Little did Michaels know that Lennon was watching the live broadcast at his home in New York, and suggested to McCartney that they take him up on his offer when McCartney visited Lennon a week later. Ultimately, they decided against it in favor of a night off. "It would've been work … but it was a nice idea," recalled McCartney on Access Hollywood. "We nearly did it."