Paul McCartney said The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” was “used a lot”. For example, a cover of the song from 1968 became a No. 1 hit in the UK. Paul revealed his thoughts on the recording.
Paul McCartney thought a cover of The Beatles’ ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ was ‘fantastic’
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years Away, Paul talked about a cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends”. “[Record producer] Denny Cordell gave me a call and said, “We love this song that Ringo sings, but we have this treatment that we think would be really great, singing it very bluesy, very crazy, slowing it down all right now.” recalled the singer.
Paul revealed his thoughts on another changing artist “With a little help from my friends”. “I said, ‘Well, great, give it a try and let me hear what you’ll do with it. He came to see us at Apple Studios on Savile Row and played it and I said, ‘Wow, fantastic! The cover was released the year after the original song.
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Paul explained his feelings about the cover. “They made it a really radical treatment and it’s been Joe’s staple diet for many years,” he said. “Then it was picked up by John Belushi, who used to do a Cocker impression, and so pushed even further by Belushi, so he has fond memories, that song.”
Paul reflected on the impact of “With a little help from my friends”. “It became the theme of the very good American series about growing up in the 60s called The good yearsso it got covered and used a lot, that song,” Paul added.
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How ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ and Joe Cocker’s Version Played
The Official Map Company reports that “With a Little Help From My Friends” was released in the UK as a double A-side featuring “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The tracks peaked at No. 63, remaining on the charts for three weeks. The tunes are appeared on The Beatles sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album reached number one in the UK for 28 weeks, remaining on the charts for a total of 277 weeks.
The Official Map Company reports that Cocker’s cover became her first top 10 single in the UK. It was No. 1 for a week, remaining on the chart for 13 weeks in total. The cover appeared on the album With a little help from my friends. The album reached number 29 in the UK and stayed on the charts for four weeks.
The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” is a classic song – just like Cocker’s.
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