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John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song. The Beatles recorded it a year earlier, but never released it as a single. The Beatles were so impressed with Cocker's version of this that they sent him a telegram of congratulations and placed an ad in the music papers praising it.
This was recorded in 3/4 time - a waltz. The Beatles original version was in traditional 4/4 time.
Jimmy Page played guitar, BJ Wilson from Procol Harum played drums, and a Gospel choir sang background on this track.
This song has topped the UK charts on three 3 occasions: Cocker's version, then in 1988 Wet Wet Wet hit #1 again on a double A-sided charity single, and in 2004 Sam & Mark from the 2004 UK Pop Idol brought it to the top again. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Sesame Street did a parody of this called "With A Little Yelp From My Friends." It was performed by "Moe Cocker," who was a Cocker Spaniel. It was about a dog who yelps for help when he can't find his bone or scratch a flea.
Cocker sang this at Woodstock. It appears in the documentary. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Joe Cocker is only one of two acts who performed at Woodstock to have had a UK #1 hit. The other was Jimi Hendrix, who had a chart topper with "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
The Joe Cocker version was the theme song to the TV show The Wonder Years, starring Fred Savage. (thanks, Matthew - Cornwall, England)
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