Get Back was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios in London during the Let It Be sessions. Two extracts from the rehearsals were included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked.
The Beatles and Billy Preston recorded the song at Apple Studios in 1969. That version was produced by George Martin and was released as a single in 1969 credited to The Beatles With Billy Preston. The B-side was Don’t Let Me Down. The single reached number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. A remixed version of the single was produced by Phil Spector and was released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. A second remix version of the single was released in 2003 on the album Let It Be…Naked. The Beatles and Billy Preston performed the song live three times on the roof of Apple Studios in London in 1969. A live version was released on the album Anthology 3 in 1996. An edit of two live versions was used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love.
Apple artist Doris Troy recorded the song in 1969. Her version was released in 1970 and features George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Billy Preston among others. A version recorded during rehearsals features George Harrison on lead vocals. The song was part of Billy Preston’s repertoire. He recorded a studio version for the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Get Back was also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Recorded Highlights Of The Prince’s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (1987), Tripping The Live Fantastic (1990), Good Evening New York City (2009), Paul McCartney Live in Los Angeles (2010), and The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition (2011).
Now Hear This: Get Back – The Beatles (1970)
Get Back – Doris Troy (1970)
Get Back – Billy Preston (1978)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (1987)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (1990)
Get Back (live) – The Beatles (1996)
Get Back – The Beatles (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)
Get Back – The Beatles (2006)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2009)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2010)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2011)