When John Belushi impersonated Joe Cocker on ‘SNL’

Play Cocker out in fitting style.


Ramon Ramirez


Published Dec 22, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 10:21 pm CDT

Soul singer Joe Cocker passed away Monday at 70 after a long battle with cancer. The Sheffield, U.K.-born singer was blessed with pipes that could wave like curtains in hurricanes. Cocker is most known for his cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and in general for covering other people’s material in hungry, soulful fashion. 

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As such, it’s most fitting to play out Cocker with this unbelievable John Belushi impression from Saturday Night Live circa 1975. 

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For a comparison, here’s Cocker performing the Box Tops’s “The Letter” with the Grease Band.

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Cocker reportedly enjoyed Belushi’s impression, by the way, and showed up a year later on SNL to perform another cover, “Feelin’ Alright,” alongside Belushi.  

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H/T Joe Warminski | Photo via Namaan Saar Stavy/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 22, 2014, 7:28 pm CST