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May 23, 1970 – Paul McCartney Battles Beatles For Chart Supremecy

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Apple Records – 1970

Steve Goddard Steve Goddard
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Forty three years ago today both Paul McCartney (solo) and The Beatles were at #1 on the album charts.  A tie?  No, and here’s why.

On May 23, 1970 Paul McCartney’s first solo album began a three week run atop the Billboard album chart.  Apart from a few additions by Linda McCartney on vocals, Paul performed the entire album solo – instruments and vocals, in a makeshift home studio. The album features the song ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, which would become a top 10 hit in 1977 when a live version from the ‘Wings Over America’ album was released.

Across the pond on that same day, The Beatles 12th (and final) studio album ‘Let It Be’ started its own three week run at #1 on the British album chart.  Unlike McCartney’s first solo album which contained no single releases,  ‘Let It Be’ included the title track, ‘Get Back’, and ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, which were all top 40 hits for the group.

Which of the two albums did you prefer:

McCartney – Paul McCartney

Let It Be – The Beatles

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