On April 11, 1970, "Let It Be" by the Beatles hit No. 1 on the pop charts. Paul McCartney, who wrote the song, formally announced his departure from the group just a day before. The Beatles' breakup made headlines around the world and drew added attention to the song, which had been released six weeks earlier.
 
From their earliest days performing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, to touring sold-out stadiums around the world, the Beatles signified something much larger than music. Their presence promoted youthful iconoclasm, as well as the hopes and dreams of the West's "Baby Boomer" generation. Perhaps their most lasting messages endorsed freedom, an interest in world cultures, and individuality.
culture
Noun

learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

endorse
Verb

to support.

formal
Adjective

official or standardized.

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