Joe Cocker – With a little help from my friends (Leaping Ahead #68)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #68: 160308

[A song by someone lost in 2014]

This wonderful cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968 and it propelled Cocker to international fame after his performance of it at Woodstock in 1969. Thirty-three years later, he repeated it at the Party at the Palace concert for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

In 1993 Cocker was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, in 2007 was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers list.

Upon hearing about Cocker’s death in 2014, Paul McCartney said this about Cocker’s version of the Beatles 1967 song:

He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing. I was especially pleased when he decided to cover “With a Little Help from My Friends” and I remember him and (producer) Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Saville Row and playing me what they’d recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful to him for doing that.

Joe Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014). Rest in Peace.

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