5/18/17: Joe Cocker  “With a Little Help From My Friends” Click to See Video

I’m doing something different this week to celebrate the School of Rock Chapel Hill Grand Opening event this Saturday (May 20th.)   I’m talking about my 10 favorite live performances, and today we arrive at  #7!

It’s an absolute miracle when anyone does something better than The Beatles.  But when I saw a guy by the name of JOE COCKER perform at Woodstock, as downright weird as he seemed at the time, I was blown away by his rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

As far as I’m concerned, he made it HIS song at that point.  He seemed like a regular guy when he walked on stage, but as soon as he started singing, he exhibited all these strange gestures and all kinds of unusual movements…some people wondered if something was wrong with him.  Turns out he was just feeling the music.  I guess he was kind of “possessed” by it. Joe Cocker went on to become as superstar with a whole bunch of hit records of his own over the decades to follow.  The man didn’t have the conventional voice, either.

It was rough and it was guttural…but it was so soulful!  He could take just about any good song and put his own stamp on it.  When he sang it, it wouldn’t sound like it ever sounded before.  I’ve actually seen Joe Cocker in concert and even in his recent years he was the real deal.  A lot calmer in front of the microphone.  But the voice was the same. And he always had a great band and backup singers behind him.

Joe Cocker passed away about 2 and ½ years ago at the age of 70….but rock fans will always remember him. My favorite live performance of “With A Little Help From My Friends” happened about 20 years ago.  Here it is!  My #7 favorite live performance of all time…..”THE MUSIC IN MY HEAD” on 97-9 The Hill….WCHL.

To read and listen to all of Ron’s Music in My Head entries, click here!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school for kids of all ages located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate.

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed and locally built!

Now Open for business, you are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

AND Please join Ron Stutts at The School of Rock Chapel Hill grand opening celebration this Saturday, May 20th  from 12-4pm that will include a ribbon cutting and ceremonial guitar smashing at 1pm. There will also be giveaways, free live performances, food, fun and more. Located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate.

Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.

Also, they have some great summer camps, and summer camp spots are filling up fast, so sign-up today!

Open for Rocking!


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