Jackie DeShannon, The Band: The Weight

The Band’s The Weight has famously indecipherable/obscure lyrics. Nevertheless I did buy the single way back when and also found a very good version of the Bob Dylan song I Shall Be Released on the B-side.

The first version of The Weight I remember hearing, though, and one that got a bit of airplay at the time, was by Jackie DeShannon. She wrote a good few of the familiar songs from the mid nineteen-sixties including a couple of The Searchers’ hits.

Here she is on You Tube.

For comparison purposes here also is The Band’s original version.

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  1. campbell yule

    CSNY,John lennon and The Band
    real music Jack
    At the risk of sounding like an auld hippy they dont make them like that any more
    Far out Man

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