EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ – Joe Cocker

What was the number one song in the UK on 6th November 1968?

British singer, Joe Cocker was number one for 1 week with With Little Help From My Friends.

Well, here we go, the third review in a row that I mention the Beatles. This time it’s because we are looking at the first cover of a Beatles song to get to number one. With a Little Help With My Friends originally featured on the Sgt Pepper album sung by our Ringo. Joe Cocker’s version is an incredibly radical re-arrangement of the song, taking it from a cute little pop ditty to a raucous, soulful slower version. Cocker’s Woodstock performance of the song featured on the documentary about the festival and turned the song into the anthem of Woodstock. It was also voted the seventh best cover version of all time by a BBC poll. It is an incredible cover and really does emulate that famous Cowell phrase “made it your own”. However, here’s the thing…I still prefer the Ringo version and I make no apologies for it.

Lyrics

What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
I will try not to sing out of key
Oh, baby I get by (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
All I need is my buddies (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I say I’m gonna get high (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh yeah (Ooh)
What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
No no
How do I feel at the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you’re on your own?)
I tell ya I don’t get sad no more
Gonna get by with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Yeah yeah, I’m gonna try (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Keep on getting high, oh Lord (Ooh)
I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
All I need is someone
That’s just where I’m going, yeah
Somebody knows that’s where I’m showing
Baby
Said I’m gonna make it with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, I’m gonna keep on trying (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m gonna keep on trying (Ooh)
I’m certain it happens all the time, yeah
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can’t tell you but it sure feels like mine
Don’t you know I’m gonna make it with my friends? (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I promised myself I’d get by (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Said I’m gonna try and not work too hard (Ooh)
Well I, yeah yeah yeah
(Could it be anybody?)
Oh there’s gotta be somebody
Don’t treat me wrong Lord
Oh yeah yeah
Said I’m gonna get by with my friends, yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, yes I’m gonna keep trying, now (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Keep on trying with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, I’m never gonna stop there, oh (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m gonna keep on trying, yeah yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m getting high, I’m gonna make time, oh Lord (Ooh)
Gonna get by with my friends
Oh, I’m gonna get on by, yes I’m gonna get on by, my Lord
I’m gonna tell them all about it, I’m gonna tell them all, yeah yeah

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