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Dolly Parton Covers ‘Let It Be’ With Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

Track is drawn from star-studded rock album 'Rockstar,' due Nov. 17
Dolly Parton
(Credit: Vijat Mohindra)

Dolly Parton has released a previously announced cover of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” with a little help from her friends. The song features contributions from none other than former Beatles Paul McCartney (on vocals and piano) and Ringo Starr (drums), along with Peter Frampton on guitar and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, also on drums.

Of the song, Parton said, “Well, does it get any better than singing ‘Let It Be’ with Paul McCartney who wrote the song? Not only that, he played piano! Well, it did get even better when Ringo Starr joined in on drums, Peter Frampton on guitar and Mick Fleetwood playing percussion. I mean, seriously, how much better does it get? Thanks guys!”

In a statement posted on social media, McCartney said, “Thanks Dolly for doing my song. I love your version and am very pleased to be by your side on this one. Rock on! Love Paul x.”

The cover is the latest song to be released from Parton’s upcoming rock album, Rockstar, and was produced by Kent Wells. So far, Parton has released “Bygones (feat. Rob Halford),”  “World on Fire,” and a cover of Heart’s Magic Man” featuring Ann Wilson. The star-studded album, which also features guest spots from Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler, Elton John, and Stevie Nicks, is out Nov. 17 through Butterfly Records.

In 2022, Parton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; she initially declined the invite because she felt she hadn’t made enough rock music to warrant it, but ultimately accepted the honor. “If I’m going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I better do something to earn it,” Parton said during an appearance on The View earlier this year. “So I’m doing a rock ‘n’ roll album and I’m having a lot of the rock stars that I met that night be on the album with me.”