Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. A demo version recorded by The Beatles in 1968 at George Harrison’s home in Esher has never been released. The song was recorded at EMI Studios in 1968 and was produced by George Martin. Paul McCartney is the only member of The Beatles to feature on the recording. Take 4 was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 3. Blackbird was first released on The Beatles’ 1968 album The Beatles. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Yesterday.
Billy Preston recorded the song in 1972 and it was released as the B-side to his single Will It Go Round In Circles. The song has also been recorded by Dion, Chet Atkins, and Dick Hyman among others. The song was part of Wings’ repertoire. Paul McCartney performed the song during the TV special James Paul McCartney in 1973. A live version was released on the 1976 album Wings Over America. The song is also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. He performed the song during his appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1991. That version was released on the album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in 1991. Other live versions have been released on Back In The U.S. (2002), Back In The World (2003), Good Evening New York City (2009), and Paul McCartney Live In Los Angeles (2010).
Now Hear This: Blackbird – Billy Preston (1972)
Blackbird – Wings (1976)
Blackbird – Paul McCartney (1991)
Blackbird (Take 4) – The Beatles (1996)
Blackbird – Paul McCartney (2002)
Blackbird – Paul McCartney (2003)
Blackbird/Yesterday – The Beatles (2006)
Blackbird – Paul McCartney (2009)
Blackbird – Paul McCartney (2010)