It looks like today is the anniversary of Cocker’s version of With a Little Help From My Friends performed at Woodstock.
I hate it and I have no idea why it’s considered an iconic song. It wasn’t the worst performance at Woodstock but it barely ranks above Sha Na Na, in my opinion.
With a Little Help From My Friends works perfectly on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album. The first three tracks feature the rocking Sgt Pepper sung by Paul, the pop With a Little Help From My Friends sung by Ringo, and then the psychedelic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds sung by John. Typical of mid and late Beatles, each album track is a different genre. The Ringo version is fine and it works well as the two song medley with Sgt. Pepper.
I’m not sure what Cocker was thinking. I guess some people like his version, but I can’t at all agree that it’s even remotely as good as Ringo’s album version.