John Lennon Beatles break up: Why did John Lennon leave The Beatles?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

John Lennon has sometimes been blamed for the break-up of The Beatles, given he brought Yoko Ono on the scene. Her involvement in the band caused obvious tensions, and many blamed her and her relationship with John for the band’s demise. However, different members of the band left at different times and returned, showing it can’t all be John’s fault.
Why did John Lennon leave The Beatles?

On September 20, 1969, the members of The Beatles met up for a meeting, though George Harrison was not present.

During this meeting, John announced he was leaving The Beatles, much to the dismay of Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney.

However, according to John, things went sour soon after as ‘PR man’ Sir Paul announced his departure first, despite John reportedly promising to keep his exit quiet to help with promotion of The Beatles.

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