|Song by Traffic from the album Traffic|
"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. It was also released as a single, and it reached #123 on the US charts but failed to chart in the UK. Another very famous version was the one by Joe Cocker. Both Traffic's and Cocker's versions appeared in the 2012 movie Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington. The song had also been featured in the 2000 film Duets, sung by Huey Lewis.
Traffic version credits
- 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
|Song by Joe Cocker from the album With a Little Help from My Friends|
Joe Cocker recorded it in his debut album With a Little Help from My Friends in 1969. He also amended the title of the original from "Feelin' Alright?" to "Feeling Alright". The song was the opening track on the album.
Joe Cocker version credits
- 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 included this song live in his double album Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
The song was also a charting hit single for several other performers:
- Mongo Santamaría released it on Atlantic Records in November 1969. His version titled "Feeling Alright" reached #95 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
- Grand Funk Railroad released it in May 1971 as "Feelin' Alright". It reached #54 on the US. Billboard Hot 100. It was included in the band's 1971 album Survival. Credits included Mark Farner (lead vocals and guitar), Don Brewer (backing vocals and drums), Mel Schacher (bass guitar)
It has also been recorded by:
- 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
- 1970 - Little Milton (recording), released on the 1985 album The Checker Days 1961-1970,
- 1971 - Gladys Knight & the Pips
- 1971 - The Jackson 5 alone with lead vocals by Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Jackie Jackson. Later on they recorded the song again with Diana Ross. Wade Marcus, Maceo Parker
- 1973 - Isaac Hayes, The Undisputed Truth, and Mother's Finest
- 1978 - The Bar-Kays, Money Talks
- 1992 - Paul Weller on Above the Clouds EP in 1992
- 1994 - Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her 1994 album, Kate Ceberano and Friends.
- 1997 - Craig Chaquiço (guitarist) in the album Once in a Blue Universe.
- 2006 - Ohio Players as a bonus track in Pain album reissue.
- 2016 - Lauren Bush, 'All My Treasures'.
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.
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