RIP indeed. Although he did so much more, “With A Little Help From My Friends” was Our Song, back in the day: it was on the jukebox in every pub we drank in. Happy days and fond memories.
Joe Cocker’s reworking of The Letter got rid of some of the earlier versions’ cloying sweetness and gave it the desperation, a little tinge of fear, and much sweat; it was what it needed. He’ll be much missed.
“…and I’ll try not to sing out of key…”
Sad news, few people’s voices have moved me as much.
Farewell, Joe. I will leave a hat on for you.
definitely one of the most unique performers and voices ever. always loved the passion he brought to everything he sung. RIP, man. [EDIT]: is that the Mamas & the Papas on back up? and who is that on keyboard?
That version of The Letter gives me chills every time.
Don’t miss the fact that the recently passed Bobby Keys is taking the sax solo.
On keys is the band leader and arranger of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, Leon Russell.
One of my favorite performances:
wow, i forgot about how great Belushi did that song. Now I’m missing both.
Seems like he had to have a change of scene.
I am sad today.
Indeed. It was the first song I thought of when I heard the news.
Very sad loss…
This was filmed 4/3/70 In Minneapolis at the Depot which later became First Avenue. tickets were $4.00 and I was a very disapointed 13 year old as the minimum age was 18. The film Woodstock opened 1 week prior.
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