Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Beyonce Sends the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to Top 5 on iTunes, Wikipedia Says She Wrote It!


Beyonce sings a magnificent cover of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” on her new album.

The version is so lovely that the track is at number 4 on iTunes.

Paul McCartney wrote the song about Black women struggling during the civil rights protests of the 1960s. That’s an old story, but now it’s everywhere thanks to a press release put out by Beyonce’s team. (The story is in dozens of iterations across the internet including from Rolling Stone, as if it were a new idea.)

So far there are no posted credits on Beyonce.com for 25 of the 27 songs on “Cowboy Carter.”

But Paul McCartney might he surprised to learn that Beyonce Knowles Carter is listed a co-writer on Wikipedia. Beyonce was born in 1981. The song was written in 1968. And the only person Paul McCartney shares credits with is John Lennon.

Go figure. Maybe Beyonce thinks she gets a credit for adding an I to her title, “Blackbiird.”

I’m sure someone will be on the phone come Monday morning!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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