Paul McCartney originally wrote “Let It Be” for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, on stage, July 1989

Aretha Franklin (Photo: LIFE)

Paul McCartney wrote “Let It Be” for Aretha Franklin. He offered the song to her with the right of first release. Aretha recorded it, but then she hold up the release. So she only released it after the Beatles had a smash hit with it (according to Jerry Wexler and David Ritz in the liner notes to the CD “Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul”, 2007).

I think this story makes sense. “Let It Be” has a strong spiritual undertone and I imagine that Paul McCartney thought it a fitting song for Aretha Franklin who originated from gospel music.

There’s also a rare version of “Let It Be” by Tennessee Ernie Ford (thanks to Dusty Fingers for pointing this out), who during the later part of his career recorded many spiritual albums.

Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant usw: Werden die alten britischen Pop-Stars je ergrauen?

Mick Jagger

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“Nein, Botox nehme ich nicht.”

Paul McCartney

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“Mein Friseur meinte, ich sehe toll aus.”

Ozzy Osbourne

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“Unser Haar ergänzt sich farblich sehr gut.”

Robert Plant

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“Pst, mein Haar ist gefärbt – aber das bleibt unter uns.”

Cliff Richard

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“Ich bin erst grade 70 geworden.”

The Hair Of Old British Pop And Rock Stars: Does It Ever Turn Gray?

Mick Jagger

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“What a drag it is getting old.”

Paul McCartney

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“My hairdresser said I look great.”

Ozzy Osbourne

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“I’m glad that I don’t have white hair like the dog.”

Robert Plant

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“Don’t tell anyone that I had my hair dyed.”

Cliff Richard

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“Hey, I’m only seventy.”

Jazz Musicians On The Beatles Song ‘Lady Madonna’

In the evening of February the 6th, Paul McCartney decided that he needed saxes for “Lady Madonna”. Phone calls were made immediately to find four sax players. Soon Harry Klein (baritone sax), Bill Jackman (baritone sax), Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) and Bill Povey (tenor sax) arrived at Abbey Road studios in London. According to Harry Klein there was no written music. They invented some riffs, wrote down a few notes, then they had to record their part 101 times. These musicians are all jazz musicians. It was typical for pop and rock recordings in the sixties to call in well trained jazz musicians, because they could invent interesting lines on the spot and were absolutely in command of their instruments. Ronnie Scott (1927-1996) is the co-founder of the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, by the way.

Source: Mark Lewisohn, “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions”, 1988, page 133