Midweek Music Moment: Joe Cocker

One of the most beautiful ballads to come out of the 1960s, ‘Something’ was written by George Harrison and released on The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album.

 

Released in 1969, ‘Abbey Road’ was the 11th studio album for The Beatles: it was also the last album in which all 4 Beatles participated.

 

A huge hit, the song has been recorded by over 150 artists including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, James Brown and Neil Diamond (to name just a few).

Although Harrison’s favourite version was James Brown’s, mine is Joe Cocker’s.

One of the greatest soul singers to come out of the UK, today’s Midweek Music Moment is Joe Cocker’s 1969 ‘Something’.

 

 

In 1969, Joe Cocker was 25 years old and his career was finally taking off after great success with his groundbreaking recording of the Beatles ‘A little help from my friends’.

1969 was a standout year for Cocker, as well as releasing his debut album (‘With a little help from my friends’) that same year, he was getting ready to perform at Woodstock and also release a second album (‘Joe Cocker!’) later that year.

Here’s his 1969 Woodstock performance of ‘With a little help from my friends’.

 

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