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What ended forever in Disney World in December 1974?
In August 1969, the Beatles gathered in a studio to complete the mixing of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” It was the last time all four would be in the recording studio together. John Lennon announced to his bandmates that he was leaving the group a month later, but the announcement was held from the public until after the release of Abbey Road. Various other songs were finished for Let It Be with some band members present before Paul McCartney’s public announcement that he was leaving the Beatles in April 1970. The Let It Be film was released, which essentially detailed the band breaking up. Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles’ legal, contractual agreements on December 31, 1970. Several issues had to be worked out, and the final paperwork to end the Beatles wasn’t ready until December 1974.
It came at the end of a tough year for John Lennon. He’d split with his wife, Yoko Ono, and spent several months recording (and drinking heavily) with friends in Los Angeles. For Christmas, he decided to take his son, Julian, and his mistress, May Pang to Walt Disney World. On the morning of December 29, 1974, a lawyer from Apple Music (the Beatles’ label) flew down to Orlando and tracked down Lennon at the Polynesian Village Hotel. He presented a large stack of paperwork, which Lennon dutifully signed, dissolving the Beatles for what would ultimately be forever.
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