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Sheffield born soul rock singer Joe Cocker on stage and mid-song at the Isle of Wight Festival.

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Joe Cocker: “Feelin’ Alright”

The Hook: The title doesn’t tell the whole story.

Album: With a Little Help From My Friends

Year: 1969

Writer: Dave Mason

Stats: Traffic released the first version of “Feelin’ Alright,” and it peaked at number-123. Joe Cocker’s 1969 recording initially went to number-69, but got to number-33 when it was reissued in 1972. Versions by Grand Funk Railroad and Mongo Santamaria also made the Billboard Hot 100.

The Background: The song’s writer, Dave Mason, says not to take the title literally, and then recalls where he was when he wrote it.

Dave Mason on the title and origin of “Feelin’ Alright.” OC:…wrote it. :13

“That’s not what the song is about, ‘Feelin’ Alright.’ It’s about ‘not feelin’ too good myself.’ Greece…Hydra…a guy with a fishing line and a fly hook catching swallows up on the top of a mountain. That’s where I wrote it.”