|The Beatles performing "Get Back" on the rooftop of Abbey Road Studios, London, January 1969.|
"Get Back" was one of the Beatles' biggest hits. Recorded on 27-28 January 1969, "Get Back" was released on 11 April 1969.
|Paul McCartney and Billy Preston recording "Get Back."|
"Get Back" was a true international sensation, hitting No. 1 in virtually every major country in which it was released: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, West Germany... In fact, it is difficult to find a country where it did not hit No. 1.
A slightly different version of "Get Back" was included on the "Let It Be" album as its final track almost a year after its release as a single.
The single "Get Back" was unique because it was the only single that credited a fifth member - Billy Preston, who played the electric piano. The US single was released in stereo, but in the United Kingdom and other European countries, it was the last Beatles single released in mono.
Paul McCartney loves to perform this song. While he likes many of his other songs, "Get Back" is the one that pulls out for special occasions. For instance, he performed "Get Back" with his band on the Late Show with David Letterman on 15 July 2009 - on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater. He also performed "Get Back" on Saturday Night Live on 11 December 2010 to conclude the show even though it wasn't scheduled. The song was considered futuristic and almost avant-garde when released, as indicated by its use in an episode of the British science fiction series "UFO."