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On April 11, 2000, Reba McEntire performed John Lennon’s penned tune, “If I Fell,” during a BBC 1 Television tribute to The Beatles.

And of course, the country icon’s vocal chops fell right on cue.


Clad in a matching ensemble, the “Fancy” singer put her country twang on the English rocker’s love ballad, which is about asking for promise and reassurance from a new love. Staged up in a triad formation, Reba was accompanied by a back-up harmony singer and a rock ‘n’ roll tinged guitarist.

Fans first heard “If I Fell” on the Beatles 1964 album, “A Hard Day’s Night,” and then on their U.S. album, “Something New.” Both albums were produced by their long-time producer, George Martin, who died this year on March 8.

Reba must’ve really fell in love with the tune, because she added her own rendition of the offbeat track on two of her albums as well. In 1999, the song landed on her “So Good Together” record and took a spot on her 2001 “I’ll Be” album.

Reba wasn’t the only singer to be touched by the song. In fact, it’s been covered by artists ranging from Maroon 5 to Sammy Kershaw.

Currently, Reba is scheduled to perform another tribute to yet another legendary artist. On March 16 she, along with a string of other country artists, will honor Kris Kristofferson in Nashville during The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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