We already know that Paul McCartney has been working on a "new" Beatles song that should come out later this year. That song was reportedly written by John Lennon in the 1970s and McCartney is creating the song with a little help from AI. But it turns out that McCartney and fellow Beatle, Ringo Starr, are going to be releasing a "new" song this year as well.
McCartney and Starr will be part of a supergroup that has recorded "Let It Be," the massively popular Beatles hit from 1970. The track will be on Dolly Parton's first rock album, Rockstar, which will be released on November 17, 2023. Parton's album will consist of 30 tracks with many of them being covers.
McCartney, Ringo, and Dolly will be joined on "Let It Be" by Mick Fleetwood and Peter Frampton as well. As Ringo and Fleetwood are both drummers, it remains to be seen which performer will be playing which instrument. But people who want to hear "Let It Be" won't have to wait until the album is released to hear the track.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr help re-record a track for Dolly Parton's rock album
Dolly Parton tweeted earlier this week that the single will drop this Friday (August 18th) on all the formats on which you normally listen to your music. The hope is the song is not overly produced and stays to a more stripped-down sound. However, with all the musicians involved, this version of "Let It Be" could be a much heavier.
"Let It Be" will also be one of the two closers on Rockstar. The final track appears to be a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Free Bird" where Dolly will be joined by the late Gary Rossington and Artimus Pyle.
I will admit that I am highly interested in what Dolly Parton and friends will do on Rockstar, but doing so many covers is also taking a big chance. So far the singles released have been not great but fine, but let's hope "Let It Be" is a little bit better.