The Crusaders were a Jazz/Soul group led by Joe Sample, a piano player who wrote this song with Will Jennings. The Crusaders used many guest vocalists, and Joe Cocker sang lead on this (it appears on his album Ultimate Collection
). The message of hope after overcoming difficult times was a good fit for Cocker, who battled alcohol addiction in the '70s. Will Jennings told us:
Joe and I wrote quite a few worthy songs over the years, for guest vocalists for various Crusaders albums, for B.B. and for others. Among them was 'I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today' which we wrote - at Mammoth Lakes - for Joe Cocker, who had agreed to guest on the Crusaders Standing Tall
album. It seemed like everybody in the music business had written Cocker off - everybody except us - so we wrote a song about survival and triumph, which, I think, helped him survive and triumph."