Top Ten Countdown: Greatest Cover Songs # 7 (Joe Cocker – “With A Little Help from My Friends”)

Authored by Dale Nickey:

Number 7

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends

Beatle covers were thick on the ground by the close of the 60’s. However, none shook the earth like Cocker’s version of Ringo’s spotlight number from “Sgt. Pepper’s…..” Cocker’s rave up was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival and made Cocker a household name in America. Moreover, his banshee screams and indecipherable scatting launched a legion of imitators; including one John Belushi. Cocker’s performance at Woodstock had an intensity that was almost Biblical. Indeed, after his performance the sky opened and a deluge of rain turned the hippy festival of good vibes into an apocalyptic pig pen. And lo… ‘The Summer of Love’ ended.


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