Did AI Bring Back the Beatles?

The Beatles’ Final Song Is Streaming Thanks to AI

By: Mitchell Kayal, Managing Editor

On Nov. 2, 2023, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr turned an old John Lennon demo into what is likely the band’s last collaborative effort.

‘Now and Then’ was a song released last year, however, it has been in and out of the works for a while thanks to AI.

“My dad would’ve loved that, because he was never shy to experiment with recording technology,” said Sean Ono Lennon in response to the song release. “I think it’s really beautiful.”

Just a measly 24 hours after the song’s release, The Beatles skyrocketed yet again to the top just as they did 61 years ago.

“I’ve been listening to the Beatles for a while now, and through the power of AI they can finally come back,” said Gabriel Parke, a sophomore at Lynn University. “It’s great to hear their voices again.”

As Parke mentioned, AI has given Beatles fans some new content. Beatles fans like Parke, have not heard them sing as a group since the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison in 1980 and 2001 respectively.

“The Beatles reminds me of my parents, because they would always play it in the car,” said Parke.

Through songs like ‘Now and Then,’ we are given a reminder of what the older generation of music lovers like Parke’s parents listen to nowadays. Even though just two members of the band remain, their mark has not faded.

Both McCartney and Starr have continued to perform in memory of Lennon and Harrison, and with this new song, the group has been able to release one final track together.

Above: The poster cover for a 2023 short film dedicated to “Now and Then” Photo/IMDb.
Above: The iconic photo of The Beatles taken on Abbey Road in London, England. Photo/BBC. 
Above: Screenshot of “Now and Then” song cover. Photo/M. Kayal.

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