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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Scottish singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Barbara Dickson (Scottish singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist) recorded two very different covers of WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, one a ballad-y version from the 1974 show John, Paul, George, Ringo . . . & Bert, and another very uptempo version.

    . . . . and I’m not sure when the other was recorded. But the lively uptempo version was on her 1982 The Best of Barbara Dickson album.



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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    UK band The Rockin’ Devils released a cover in 1975

    1976 saw covers from Netherlands bandleader/singer José Marcello, and Jeff Lynne recorded a medley of Friends/Nowhere Man for the All This and World War II soundtrack
    Skid Row (Gary Moore/Phil Lynott) and Kai Warner Chor und Orchester also released covers.

    Japanese jazz/fusion pianist/synth Jun Fukamachi released a cover in 1977

    David Peel & The Apple Band: Peel was sort of a “folk singer”, but, more than than, a counterculture figure. I first heard of him when the album Have a Marijuana by David Peel and the Lower East Side came out in 1972 featuring the songs I Like Marijuana, and Up Against the Wall.

    So, he recorded a version done in a way that you might not even recognize the song. It’s bit like Punk meets Ghost Riders in the Sky.

    And Peel has another Beatles connection, being mentioned by name in John Lennon’s song New York City.

    John Lennon signed him to Apple Records after hearing him at one of Peel’s street concerts.

    Peel managed to stay relevant as a street performer with his 1977 album Bring Back the Beatles (with a punk version of Imagine), and his 1980 album John Lennon for President. He wrote the campaign theme for Howard Stern’s run for governor of New York, reworked his song Up Against the Wall into Up Against the Wall Street for the Occupy Wall Street protests, and recently recorded a song titled I Can’t Breathe in response to Eric Garner’s death. He’s released over two dozen albums since 1968, including his last, Give Hemp A Chance in 2015.

    And I figured he had to be dead by now. He died last year after suffering three heart attacks at the Veterans Administration hospital in Manhattan. He died 6 days later, on April 6, 2017, was buried with full military honors at Calverton National Cemetery Wading River New York April 17.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Disco cover band Café Crème released a 10 minute disco Beatles medley in 1977 or 1978, running through over 30 Beatles tracks, including With A Little Help From My Friends somewhere in the middle.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    With A Little Help From My Friends


    François Glorieux
    (and his Orchestra)
    So here’s a cover that’s out of the box. Pianist François Glorieux released his François Glorieux Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2, and decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends in the style of Franz Schubert as a theme and variations. Even more interesting, the LP claims that all of the tracks were improvised on the spot, without preparation.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    Sham 69 was a UK punk band formed in 1976. Their version from 1976 is probably notable for taking the lyric “What would you do if I sang out of tune” literally.

    It sounds as though someone had been giving the bar band free drinks all night. The lead singer actually belches in the middle of the last chorus.

    It may be THE most hilarious Beatles cover you’ve ever heard.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    1971 saw several covers emerge:

    Alan Moorhouse (“And the Beatles Go On and On”)
    John Schroeder (easy listening)
    Ambrose Brazelton

    New Zealand band The Chapta pretty much just copied Joe Cocker. Like everyone else did.

    From their 1971 album “One”. Or maybe it was “1”. The front cover had a great big 1 front and center, but the back of the album had the title as "One". With quotes.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    Pop/jazz singer Kenny Rankin released this easy listening jazz version in 1980. It’s so laid back it needs a pillow. Well, he does play acoustic nylon string jazz guitar. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just such a stereotype of this style of music. Not what I’d expect from a kid that grew up in Washington Heights.

    Paul McCartney asked Rankin to play Blackbird when he and John were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    His version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps was chosen by George Harrison’s family for his memorial service.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Pianist John Bayless did a very creative Bach-inspired cover of With A Little Help From My Friends on his 1987 album Bach on Abbey Road

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    With A Little Help From My Friends

    Scottish pop band Wet Wet Wet. 1988.

    I don’t know . . . I find this video hysterical . . . it’s as though models are lipsynching happytime music. The arrangement is simultaneously cheesy and slightly progressive. But they were actually doing doing it for a worthy cause, Childline, a free phone counseling service for kids.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Brazilian Tropical Orchestra covered WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS in 1990 on their album “Brazilian Tropical Orchestra Plays the Beatles in Bossa Nova

    If this is bossa nova, I’ve got some Ambien for you.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS by Big Daddy
    I actually like this one for the lead vocal alone. It reminds me so much of Nat King Cole.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    In 1992 Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone finds a DIFFERENT way to cover the WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, although it sounds more like new alt-folk than jazz

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    1993 was a good year for this song. There were several covers released, including one by Puerto Rican/Caribbean Latin/Funk/jazz flautist Dave Valentin , and another by French guitarist Pierrejean Gaucher New Trio.

    Of course, by this time Ringo Starr was touring with his All-Starr Band. I think Ringo uses this song to close practically every set he’s ever played with every incarnation of his All-Starr Band
    Here he is in 2010 at the Greek. It’s fun to try and spot the aging rockers that back him up. In this one I spot Colin Hay and Edgar Winter. Any others you recognize?





    Bon Jovi covered With A Little Help From My Friends in 1992 or 1993 live in NYC. Predictably, of course, it’s basically a cover of the Joe Cocker cover, but this one has an incredible amount of raw energy, and intimacy.






    I think ProBrass released this innovative brass arrangement in 1993, which features oddball trumpeter Thomas Gansch, who plays a self-designed trumpet that looks as though someone sat on it.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded a pretty dreadful version in 1983. Even the lady dressed up as John Lennon on the cover doesn’t make up for this unimaginative arrangement.





    Danish guitarist Kresten Korsbæk released a classical guitar version in 1985. It’s “nice”. Frankly, his cover of Yesterday is better. This is a genre that doesn’t really suit the song.





    Trumpeter Per Nielsen did a whimsical instrumental cover in 1994, with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, by interpolating Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane into it, and calling it With a Little Help From Penny and Eleanor

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    With a Little Help From My Friends

    André Ceccarelli Trio
    , fronted by French jazz drummer André Ceccarelli is notable for its interesting for its 1994 arrangement that features vocoder background vocals, and keyboardist Thierry Eliez’s accented, and smooth lead vocal.






    Ranchera/jazz/blue/Mexican singer songwriter Betsy Pecanins collaborated with pianist/singer Guillermo Briseño in 1994 for a stripped down version of the Joe Cocker cover.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Of course, by this time Ringo Starr was touring with his All-Starr Band. I think Ringo uses this song to close practically every set he’s ever played with every incarnation of his All-Starr Band
    Here he is in 2010 at the Greek. It’s fun to try and spot the aging rockers that back him up. In this one I spot Colin Hay and Edgar Winter. Any others you recognize?




    I love these shows with Ringo, Cool seeing Edgar! Billy Squire, talented. Had some good 80's stuff. Happy Blue is a good album. Thought I saw David Spade there? Banging on drums?

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    In 1974 The New Seekers performed a happy-good-times medley of (You Got To Have) Friends/With A Little Help From My Friends. It was the opening track for their 1974 album Together. The first part of the song was originally a hit song for Bette Midler, and was written by Marimba player Buzzy Linhart and Moogy Klingman, who played on a over a dozen Todd Rundgren albums.
    I always found something deeply disturbing about the New Seekers. I loved the original Seekers, who seemed to have just the right mix of folkiness and poppiness, and of course Judith Durham's voice. I was expecting great things from the New Seekers, but honestly there is not a single song of theirs that I would care to hear again. They seemed to have the knack of choosing songs to cover, and removing all the original flaws, voice breaks and edginess from them, rendering them as clean, note perfect and emotionless. They all sound perfectly suited to be theme tunes for one of those mid-afternoon TV serials like Days of our Lives, or maybe a kiddies' cartoon that would have been screened at around 5pm.

    I didn't like the New Seekers much, as you may have gathered.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    With A Little Help From My Friends

    Scottish pop band Wet Wet Wet. 1988.

    I don’t know . . . I find this video hysterical . . . it’s as though models are lipsynching happytime music. The arrangement is simultaneously cheesy and slightly progressive. But they were actually doing doing it for a worthy cause, Childline, a free phone counseling service for kids.
    Don't you hate it when you find something really cringeworthy but it's in support of some really worthy cause and you feel guilty about putting it down.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Da Vinci’s Notebook, a comedic a cappella group first covered WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS live in 1997, but here’s them performing it live in 2003 as part of the Sgt. Pepper’s medley. These guys actually manage to evoke the fun in these two numbers by not taking themselves too seriously.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS by The Superpickers, 1999.

    Nothing wrong with a bluegrass version of almost ANY song.





    Also from 1999:

    Canadian Hard Bop, post-bop pianist Renee Rosnes covered this with her trio, in one of the most “chill” versions you’ll ever hear.






    And now for something entirely different. Really. You probably are not ready for Knorkator, a "comic" heavy metal band from Germany, who proclaim themselves to be "Germany's most band in the world".







    And then there's Swiss singers Bo Katzmann, Steve Lee, and John Brack, in tuxes, and backed by an orchestra performing a surreal-looking Classical/Rock/Country fusion version.

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