The Beatles’ “Let It Be”: A Gift to Aretha Franklin?

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The Mystery of the Melody

“Let It Be, “a timeless classic from the Beatles, has always been a subject of intrigue. The song, etched into the annals of music history, was also covered by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, even before the Beatles released it. This has led to a burning question – was the song originally penned by Paul McCartney for Aretha Franklin?

The Unconfirmed Connection

While McCartney has never officially confirmed this, some interesting facts suggest this could be true. McCartney sent a demo of “Let It Be” to Jerry Wexler, the legendary producer who was instrumental in signing Franklin to Atlantic Records. Not only did he send the demo, but he also gave Franklin the green light to release her version first. And she did, two months before the Beatles’ release. Listen to both versions below:

The Queen’s Love for the Fab Four

Franklin’s affinity for the Beatles’ music was well-known. Over the years, she covered several of their songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Fool On The Hill,” and “The Long and Winding Road.”

The Eternal Debate

The question remains – whose rendition of “Let It Be” is superior? The Beatles or Aretha Franklin? That’s a debate for the ages!

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