Title: Billy Preston to Blac Rabbit: Remixing “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

Abbey Road Conference, Poster Session: September 28, 2019

The following links to YouTube correspond to the versions and covers of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” discussed and pictured on the poster:

Billy with the Beatles: A/B Road Sessions (1969)

George Benson: The Other Side of Abbey Road (1970)

Booker T and the M.G.’s: McLemore Avenue (1970)

Eddie Hazel: Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs (1977)

John Legend: Live in Philadelphia (2008)

Blac Rabbit: First Rehearsal (2019)

Blac Rabbit: Live on Tour (2019)

Help!

What do you hear in the musical arrangements of any of these covers? We want to hear from you music theorists out there! Please share your expertise and insights in person or via email. We will credit relevant contributions to you in our book, Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles (Penn State UP, forthcoming). This project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Email: kk19@txstate.edu

 

Katie Kapurch writes about sexy aspects of popular culture and literature. As a scholar of the Beatles and other major phenomena, she offers fresh insights when it comes to the topics of gender, sexuality, and race.

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