This song was written by Robbie Robertson. It was first recorded by The Band in 1968. It was released on The Band’s debut album Music From Big Pink. George Harrison owned a copy of the album. The Weight was also released as a single in 1968 with I Shall Be Released on the B-side. The single reached number sixty-three on the Billboard chart and number twenty-one on the UK Singles chart. The Beatles played “The Weight” during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The song was also part of the repertoire of Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band and was sung by Levon Helm. A live version recorded in 1989 was released in 1990 on the album Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band.
Now Hear This : “The Weight” – Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band (1990)