Aretha recorded it with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which was a group of musicians who had their own studio in Alabama, but who would travel to New York to record with Aretha. David Hood, who was his bassist, told us that Paul McCartney sent demos of the song to Atlantic Records (Franklin’s label) and Muscle Shoals musicians. Said Hood, “I kicked myself for not taking that demo, because I think they probably threw it in the trash, our version was different, we changed it a bit from their demo, where their version is different from the demo and from Aretha version, too, just a little, but little things. “
A cover of American R & B artist Jennifer Hudson starring Roots, which is the local NBC Late Night band with Jimmy Fallon, debuted at number 98 on the Hot 100 in February 2010. She recorded for the broadcast of charity Hope For Haiti Now after the earthquake that devastated the country. It was the third time that the song entered in the list of singles of the United States, since the version of Joan Báez reached the position 49 in 1971.
John Legend and Alicia keys performed this song in the special tribute The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, which aired in 2014 exactly 50 years after the group made its famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Legend presented it as “a song that has consoled generations with its beauty and its message”.