McEntire shared a video of the performance on YouTube on Oct. 9. She posted the video to share what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday.
McEntire originally performed the song 20 years ago. She appeared on the United Kingdom special Stars Sing the Beatles, alongside other artists. Wearing all black on stage, McEntire transformed the song into her own. With McEntire’s country twang, the classic rock song became a country ballad.
“When I was growing up I was part of a singing trio. My older brother and little sister, we were part of The Singing McEntires,” McEntire told the host. “We did a lot of harmony songs. When this song came out, it was one of our favorites. I was delighted to get to sing it here tonight.”
Lennon and Paul McCarney wrote “If I Fell” together. The Beatles featured the song on their 1964 album A Hard Day’s Night. In 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside his apartment in New York. The singer was 40-years-old.
Fans Reacted To Reba McEntire Performing The Beatles
Commenters on YouTube loved McEntire’s cover of the song. One user wrote, “I had my doubts about this when I first saw it but you didn’t disappoint.” Another also commented, “Wow I love Reba her voice for singing is so pretty no matter it’s not her song but she is so talented with singing she is my number 1 lady country singer I love her voice and singing and love all her own music God bless you Reba.”
Another commenter consider McEntire to be “the fifth Beatle.”
On Twitter, fans wished Lennon a happy birthday as well. One user wrote, “We still need u, even past 64 Happy Birthday.” This was in reference to one of The Beatles’ songs.