On the morning of August 18, Dolly Parton unveiled a remarkable rendition of the Beatles’ classic “Let It Be,” featuring contributions from the remaining living members of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
This reimagined version of the song, set to appear on Parton’s upcoming “Rockstar” album, also boasts the talents of Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood.
The interpretation of this widely covered modern-era song commences with Parton’s vocals accompanied by the familiar piano introduction, with McCartney harmonizing on the second line, “Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”
The subsequent verse gains depth with distant, reverberating drum patterns and soulful organ tones.
Gradually, the arrangement evolves to incorporate lush strings and a full orchestral accompaniment, recreating the iconic pop classic that McCartney penned towards the end of the Beatles’ tenure and which lent its name to their final studio album release.
In response to this collaborative effort, Parton expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “Could there be a more incredible experience than singing ‘Let It Be’ alongside its songwriter, Paul McCartney? And to top it off, he graced the piano keys!
The experience was further elevated as Ringo Starr took up the drums, Peter Frampton added his guitar skills, and Mick Fleetwood contributed his percussion prowess. Honestly, could it get any more extraordinary? Many thanks to all involved!”
Featured on Parton’s highly anticipated “Rockstar” album, scheduled for release on November 17, this rendition signifies a rare instance of collaboration between Starr and McCartney beyond their individual projects.
This 49th studio album marks Parton’s first foray into the realm of rock, boasting a compilation of 30 tracks, including 21 covers and 9 original compositions.
The album showcases a constellation of rock luminaries joining forces with the 77-year-old cultural icon, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, to reimagine their signature songs.