With A Little Help From My Friends

From Queen's Golden Jubilee
3 june 2002
Phil Collins - drums
Brian May - guitar
Joe Cocker - Vocals

"With a Little Help from My Friends" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The song was written for and sung by the Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr as the character "Billy Shears". It was ranked No. 311 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song is partly in the form of a conversation, in which the other three Beatles sing a question "Would you believe in a love at first sight?" and Starr answers, "Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time."

English singer Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" was a radical re-arrangement of the original, in a slower, 6/8 meter, using different chords in the middle eight, and a lengthy instrumental introduction (featuring drums by Procol Harum's B.J. Wilson, guitar lines from Jimmy Page, and organ by Tommy Eyre). Cocker performed the song at Woodstock in 1969. and that performance was included in the documentary film, Woodstock. In 2001, Cocker's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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