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Paul McCartney Praises Beyoncé’s “Magnificent Version” of ‘Blackbird’

It turns out we’re not the only ones loving Beyoncé’s rendition of The Beatles civil rights song “Blackbird” – Sir Paul McCartney, who co-wrote the original version with John Lennon, is a huge fan too!

The Beatles legend shared a post on Instagram, praising Beyoncé’s immense talent:

“I am so happy with her version of my song ‘Blackbird’. I think she does a magnificent version of it and it reinforces the civil rights message that inspired me to write the song in the first place. I think Beyoncé has done a fab version and would urge anyone who has not heard it yet to check it out. You are going to love it!”

The song was originally influenced by the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine Black students who faced extreme discrimination after enrolling at the all-white Little Rock Central High School in the late 50s. The Governor of Arkansas at the time, Orval Faubus, protested their enrolments despite the Supreme Court’s historic Brown vs. the Board of Education decision which ended state-sanctioned segregation in public schools.

In McCartney’s 1997 memoir titled Many Years From Now, he explained how the song was “from me to a Black woman, experiencing these problems in the States.”


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McCartney explained on Instagram that he FaceTimed Beyoncé about the song: ” …she thanked me for writing it and letting her do it. I told her the pleasure was all mine and I thought she had done a killer version of the song.”

He added, ” When I saw the footage on the television in the early 60s of the Black girls being turned away from school, I found it shocking and I can’t believe that still in these days, there are places where this kind of thing is happening right now. Anything my song and Beyoncé’s fabulous version can do to ease racial tension would be a great thing and makes me very proud.”

“Blackbird” appears as “Blackbiird” (with two i’s) on Beyoncé’s latest album, Cowboy Carter, and features a quintet of talented Black country singers including Tanner Adell, Tiera Kennedy and Reyna Roberts.

The album, steeped in the country genre, also explores, opera, classical and rock.

“I think people are going to be surprised because I don’t think this music is what everyone expects,” Beyoncé said of her album in a press release. “But it’s the best music I’ve ever made.”

(Feature Image Credits: Beyoncé photo by Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com; Paul McCartney photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.