Released in 1970, the song was the last single the Beatles released before the band split. Hynde’s version echoes the original, opening with the iconic piano part and building into a symphony of backing vocals, guitars, bass and drums. Hynde shows the softer side of her tough-as-nails vocal style, the occasional catch in her voice emphasizing the emotion of McCartney’s lyrics.
“It’s a challenge to do a song like that that’s so ingrained in people’s consciousness, but I think she did a great job,” says producer Ralph Sall, who assembled the tribute. (Hynde was not available for comment, according to a publicist). “A female vocalist changes it to a good degree.”
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