Retro of the day: Joe Cocker

“You Are So Beautiful” is a song written by Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher, and Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys who contributed to the song’s genesis. It was first recorded by Preston and made popular by Joe Cocker. Considered by many to be one of the greatest love songs written, Preston who grew up playing the organ in church, originally wrote the lyrics about God.

Preston’s original version first appeared on his 1974 album The Kids & Me and as the B-side on the 45rpm pressing of his pop hit, “Struttin'”. Cocker’s producer, Jim Price, created a slowed-down arrangement for Cocker’s version, which first appeared on the album, I Can Stand a Little Rain (released later in 1974). Released as a single, the Joe Cocker version reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1975 and helped the album become a hit. It would be his biggest hit until his duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong”, which reached #1 in 1982.

As attribute to two great deceased artists Here is a little added video:

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