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Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright (Saturday Night Live 1976)

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Feelin' Alright on Wikipedia
"Feelin' Alright?"
Song by Traffic from the album Traffic
GenreFolk rock
WriterDave Mason
ProducerJimmy Miller

"Feelin' Alright?", also known as "Feeling Alright", is a song written by Dave Mason of the English rock band Traffic from their eponymous 1968 album Traffic, which reached #123 on the US chart.[1] The song was also a hit single for several performers: Joe Cocker (1969, #69,[2] re-charted in 1972, #33),[3] Mongo Santamaría (1969, #95),[4] and Grand Funk Railroad (1971, #54).[5]


  • 1 Other versions
  • 2 Credits
    • 2.1 Traffic version
    • 2.2 Joe Cocker version
    • 2.3 Jackson 5 version
    • 2.4 Craig Chaquiço version
    • 2.5 Grand Funk Railroad version
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Other versions

It has also been recorded by:[6]

  • 1969 - Three Dog Night (as the B-side to "Celebrate"), Rare Earth, David Ruffin, and Rustix
  • 1970 - Lulu, Lou Rawls, Chairmen of the Board, Hubert Laws, The 5th Dimension
  • 1971 - Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jackson 5 alone and with Diana Ross (various live and one studio versions),[7] Wade Marcus, Maceo Parker
  • 1973 - Isaac Hayes, The Undisputed Truth, and Mother's Finest
  • 1994 - Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her 1994 album, Kate Ceberano and Friends.

Little Milton recorded his own version in 1970 that was released on the 1985 album The Checker Days 1961-1970,[6] while Paul Weller in his Above the Clouds EP[8] (1992), and Ohio Players version features as bonus track in Pain album reissue in 2006.[9]

Other artists who released their covers are Freddie King, Widespread Panic and The Black Crowes. A Steel Drum version by Trinidad Oil Company was reissued on the dancefloor jazz compilation Blue Juice 2.

It was also featured in the 2000 film Duets, sung by Huey Lewis. Both the original and the Joe Cocker cover were featured in the movie Flight, starring Denzel Washington.

Traffic version

  • Dave Mason - lead vocal, guitar
  • Steve Winwood - piano, bass, backing vocal
  • Chris Wood - tenor saxophone, backing vocal
  • Jim Capaldi - drums, miscellaneous percussion, backing vocal

Joe Cocker version

  • Lead vocals by Joe Cocker
  • Guitar by David Cohen
  • Bass guitar by Carol Kaye
  • Piano by Artie Butler
  • Drums by Paul Humphrey
  • Percussion by Laudir de Oliveira
  • Backing vocals by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway and Merry Clayton

Cocker performed a 'duet' of this song with John Belushi on episode 3 of Saturday Night Live's second season which aired on October 2, 1976.

Cocker also performed the song with Huey Lewis on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which aired on 19 July 2012.

Cocker included this song live in his double album Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Cocker had just arrived in LA on March 11, 1970, for some R&R from his just completed tour, and then forming a new band to perform with during the coming summer. He was told the next day that he was now obligated to a seven week U.S. tour, slated to begin just 8 days later in Detroit. He was warned that the musician's union, promoters, and possibly immigration authorities would not look kindly if he did not perform the tour that had been contracted. Two days later, Leon Russell agreed to be musical director, as well as pull a band and backup singers together for the tour. The group rehearsed twelve-hour days for four days straight. During this time, they became known as Mad Dogs & Englishmen. The day before the tour started, someone proposed filming the entire tour; a larger plane was then chartered to accommodate the added film crew. The Mad Dogs & Englishmen album was a result of the soundtracks from the film that was shot.

Jackson 5 version

  • Lead Vocals by Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Jackie Jackson
  • Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, and Jackie Jackson
  • Instruments by Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, and Jackie Jackson

Craig Chaquiço version

In 1997, guitarist Craig Chaquiço performed his version from the album Once in a Blue Universe.[10][11]

Grand Funk Railroad version

  • Lead vocals and guitar by Mark Farner
  • Backing vocals and drums by Don Brewer
  • Bass guitar by Mel Schacher


  1. ^ Traffic, "Feelin' Alright?" Chart Position Retrieved March 20, 2015
  2. ^ Joe Cocker, "Feeling Alright" 1969 Chart Position Retrieved March 20, 2015
  3. ^ Joe Cocker, "Feeling Alright" 1972 Chart Position Retrieved March 20, 2015
  4. ^ Mongo Santamaría, "Feeling Alright" Chart Position Retrieved March 20, 2015
  5. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Feelin' Alright" Chart Position Retrieved March 20, 2015
  6. ^ a b "Original versions of Feelin' Alright written by Dave Mason". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Jackson 5 & Diana Ross | Feelin' Alright (1971)". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  8. ^ "Paul Weller - Above The Clouds (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Ohio Players - Pain (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Once in a Blue Universe overview". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  11. ^ "New Age - November '97 - Winter Solstice VI". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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