“COME TOGETHER” TINA TURNER
John Lennon’s snarly lyrics and defiant attitude on Come Together is one of the Beatles finest musical moments. Covering a song by the greatest band of all-time has to be a daunting moment trying to live up to the perfection of the original. Ike and Tina’s version of the Abbey Road anthem is as good as it gets. Tina embodied the attitude John wrote about in the song and her soulful performance adds a new flavor to such a popular song.
“LET IT BE” ARETHA FRANKLIN
During the White Album recordings, Paul McCartney had a dream about his mother who had died of cancer when he was only 14 years old. She also told Paul, “it will be alright” and he held onto these words as the inspiration for Let It Be. Aretha Franklin grew up singing in the church and was the perfect artist to interpret the Beatles most spiritual #1 hit. Paul offered the song to Aretha with the stipulation that The Beatles would release it first, then Aretha’s cover would follow.
“HEY JUDE” WILSON PICKETT
Is it sacrilegious to profess to like this cover version better than the Fab Four’s masterpiece? Wilson Pickett takes the congregation to church with an intense, spiritual interpretation of the Beatles epic hit. During the Atlantic studio sessions, Wilson returned to the Fame Studios and enlisted Duane Allman on lead guitar. The vocals and guitar work on this cover stand up among the best ever for both of these Hall of Fame artists.