The Beatles' breakup wasn't officially complete until 1974 (due to legal disputes), a rooftop concert on January 30th, 1969 marked the last time they would ever play together. The band's final performance was a surprise for the quiet London office district as they jammed out on top of the headquarters of Apple Records. This performance of "Don't Let Me Down," recorded on that fateful day, will forever be a part of rock & roll history.
The Beatles - Dont Let Me Down
"Don't Let Me Down" is a song by The Beatles (with Billy Preston), recorded in 1969 during the Get Back (Let It Be) sessions. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic called it "one of the Beatles' most powerful love songs", and Roy Carr and Tony Tyler called it "a superb sobber from misery-expert J. W. O. Lennon, MBE. And still one of the most highly underrated Beatle underbellies."
An anguished love song John Lennon wrote to Yoko Ono] Paul McCartney interpreted it as a "genuine plea", with Lennon saying to Ono, "I'm really stepping out of line on this one. I'm really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down." Lennon's vocals work their way into screams, presaging the primal scream stylings of the following year's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album.
Multiple versions of "Don't Let Me Down" were recorded during the tumultuous Get Back (Let It Be) recording sessions. The version recorded on 28 January 1969 was released as a B-side to the single "Get Back", recorded the same day. "Get Back" reached number one and "Don't Let Me Down" reached number thirty five on the US Billboard Hot 100.