EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Get Back’ – The Beatles with Billy Preston

What was the number one song in the UK on 23rd April 1969?

The Beatles are here again, winding down their incomparable career, this time with American musician Billy Preston and Get Back, which hit the top spot for 6 weeks.

Get Back is the only single that also credits another musician (American keyboardist Billy Preston) at their request. Written by McCartney (but as always credited to both Lennon & McCartney), it got to number one in 14 different countries around the world. The relevance of Get Back in the Beatles’ career is significance. It was the final song played at their final live performance (on the roof top of the Apple Studios). In face they played 3 times, the final time being interrupted by the police, by they insisted on finishing the song. At the end of the performance, John Lennon said “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition“. This quote was edited into the Let It Be album version of the song. Get Back is classic Beatles doing what they did best- rock ‘n’ roll. The lyrics took a pop at the anti-immigrant sentiments that were rife in the UK at the time (hmmmmmm) and it’s bluesy melody was enhanced by Preston’s funky keyboard solo. What do you think? Do you think they passed the audition?

Lyrics

Rosetta (who are you talking about?)
Sweet Loretta Fart, she thought she was a cleaner
But she was a frying pan (Sweet Rosetta Martin, Rosetta)
The picker, the picker!
Picture the fingers burning! (Ooh)
OK
Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
But he knew it couldn’t last
Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
For some California grass
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back Jojo
Go home
Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back Jo
Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man
All the girls around her say she’s got it coming
But she gets it while she can
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back Loretta ooh, ooh
Go home
Oh, get back, yeah, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Yeah, get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, ooh
Thanks, Moe
I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves
And I hope we passed the audition

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