The Beatles’ latest release “Now and Then” topped the British charts for the first time in 54 years, AFP reports. The song could only be finalized 45 years later.
The composition was presented last Thursday, November 2. In 10 hours, she soared to 42nd place, and over the past week – another 41st place. The Beatles, who ceased to exist in 1970, in 2023 strengthened their position in the number of singles on the first line of the chart (18, the record is held by Elvis Presley – 21 songs). The last time The Beatles reached number one was in 1969 with The Ballad of John and Yoko.
81-year-old co-founder and bass player Paul McCartney commented on the event: “This is unimaginable. It’s stunning. This is also a very emotional moment for me. Just super!”
John Lennon recorded a demo of “Now and Then” in 1978, accompanying him on piano in his New York City apartment. In 1980, John Lennon was assassinated. His widow Yoko Ono later gave Paul McCartney two audio cassettes with rough recordings of the musician. Two compositions, “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” were released in 1995 as separate singles. However, the quality of “Now and Then” was poor, with the musician’s voice difficult to separate from the background hum.
They returned to recording after filming the documentary The Beatles: Get Back by Peter Jackson. The director’s film company developed an application that allowed only John Lennon’s vocals to be left on the recording. The composition was supplemented by the rhythm guitar part of George Harrison, which was recorded in 1995, and new recordings by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Read more in the Kommersant article “Strings of Time.”