All in, if you include the ones that charted in England and in North America, The Beatles earned a total of 27 #1 hit songs. And the final one that would top the charts in England, is a story teller, non-fiction, from the pen of John Lennon, summarizing the then current events in his life with Yoko Ono. It was the 14th of April 1969, John brought the words and music over to Paul’s house before the pair headed to the studio to lay it down on tape in the absence of George and Ringo. Harrison was on holiday, Ringo was busy with Peter Sellers filming The Magic Christian. John was just too excited to wait and suggested that just he and Paul record it right away. And so into Abbey Road they went, with John on guitar and Paul on drums, for 11 tries in a row, 5 of which went off the rails when Paul kept adding an extra drum beat. Paul added bass, piano and maracas. John added lead guitar, and percussive thumps on the back of his guitar. Then just as the Lennon’s were performing a second bed-in-for-peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, the single came out.
It went to #8 in North America and was the final Beatles #1 in England – The Ballad of John and Yoko.