Ringo Starr: Abbey Road wasn’t meant to be The Beatles’ last album

Last week, The Beatles’ Abbey Road returned to number one, almost 50 years after its original release.

Until recently, it was believed the band had entered the studio knowing they were making their final album – hoping to go out on a high after the fractious sessions for Let It Be.

But Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn recently uncovered a tape of the Fab Four discussing a follow-up in 1969.

Now Ringo Starr has confirmed the band wanted to keep recording into the ’70s.

“We did do Abbey Road and we was like, ‘Okay that’s pretty good,'” he told BBC 6 Music, “but none of us said, ‘OK, that’s the last time we’ll ever play together’. Nobody said that. I never felt that.

“We’d made this record, and then we would go off and do whatever we wanted to do. And then Paul would call us and say, ‘Hey, you want to go in the studio lads?’ and we’d do another one.

“So it was not the end – because in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. So I never felt it [the end of the band] was in stone.”

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