Gladys Knight sings a ravishing interpretation of The Beatles’ Let It Be. It got me thinking the Great Four were fortunate to sing it first.
Gladys Knight’s ravishing interpretation of The Beatles’ Let It Be got me thinking that the Great Four were fortunate to sing it first. McCartney’s bluesy chords were given a completely new treatment by Knight. I actually thought that, had she only performed this song first, McCartney’s version wouldn’t have been good enough. So, back to our Saturday Music, here’s Let It Be the way you might not have heard it before.
I discovered Gladys Knight around 2005 on a free soul CD that came with a Sunday paper. It was Midnight Train to Georgia which I loved for the intensity, the powerful vocals, and the rather unusual male background singers. A few years later I also found a recording of a Christmas carol she made that I previously posted on the blog, but am going to repeat now, too.
All of us who love soul will know Gladys Knight. Midnight Train to Georgia, I Heard It Through the Grapevine… And a wonderful version of a traditional Christmas song, Do You Hear What I Hear? I don’t know about you, but for me Knight’s has long been the best version of this song, soulful, strong, magical, and the most hopeful. And the video below contains not just this beautiful song, but also Gladys Knight’s recital of a poem ‘Twas Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863).