The Beatles Cover of the Day- ” I Want To Hold Your Hand.” – Al Green. Al Green covered The Beatles first #1 hit in America- “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in 1969 -it was released as a single but failed to make the charts. It is included on the 40th anniversary edition of Al’s “Green Is Blues” album which came out in 1969- he also covers “Get Back” on that album. Al takes The Beatles giant hit and does it in his own way and it is sensational. Paste Magazine a decade back listened it as the greatest Beatles cover. Like the best Beatles covers- he doesn’t follow The Beatles formula- he does his own thing. Not saying it is better than the original but it is a version of it I enjoy. It certainly doesn’t sound as innocent as the original. At this point Al Green was early in his career- “Green Is Blues” was his second album -it wouldn’t be until 1971 that he would break into the Top 40.