"Let It Be", released on March 6, 1970, was the Beatles' final
single before Paul McCartney announced his dispature from the
band. And Paul McCartney had also the idea of "Let It Be" after he
had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding
the sessions for the The White Album in 1968. According to
McCartney, the song's reference to 'Mother Mary' was not biblical.
Nevertheless, he explained that his mother, who died of cancer
when he was fourteen, was the inspiration of the lyric. The single
version of the song, produced by George Martin, features a softer
guitar solo and the orchestral section mixed low, while the album
version, produced by Phil Spector, features a more aggresive
guitar solo and the orchestral sections mixed up. "Let It Be"
reached no.1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, the
Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, and New Zealand. In
United Kingdom and in Germany it went to no.2. On the Year-End
Chart 1970 the ballad placed at no.3 with a total of 9,248,000