There are a handful of songs in the lexicon of rock and roll that can be called anthems, and Feelin' Alright has repeatedly been crowned one of them. This simple two chord song has been on the lips and in the hearts of the world since its initial release in 1968. This American classic debuted on the cutting edge English rock band, Traffic's second album. It has become of the most powerful and enduring tracks in all of rock and roll history.
Dave Mason wrote the song at the young age of 19 while on vacation on the island of Hydra, Greece. As most great songs it was intiially a love song (although Dave has never publically decried the recepient of such an honor).
It has also been a hit single for several performers, including Joe Cocker (1969, #69, recharted in 1972, US #33), Mongo Santamaria (1969 #95), Grand Funk Railroad (1971, US#54), and been recorded by industry giants like Three Dog Night (1969), The 5th Dimension (1970), Lou Rawls, Freddie King, Paul Weller, Lulu, Chairmen of the Board (1970), The Electric Concept Orchestra, Mother's Finest (1973), the Ohio Players (1971), Diana Ross with the Jackson 5 (1971), Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, and Coldplay.
Over 40 cover versions have been recorded, it's been featured in several dozen films and TV commercials. Feelin' Alright is among the most well-known and beloved rock n' roll songs of all time.
Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Performance
At the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, when Traffic was one of the inductees, "Feelin' Alright' was the chosen song for the grand finale. The last song of the ceremony is one of the most special of the whole event because many of the artists who participated in the event perform together. In this version, Mason leads the song, accompanied by Traffic bandmates Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood, as well as Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Kieth Richards, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Paul Shaffer, and the Dells.
Original version audio recording as written and performed by Dave while he was with Traffic.
Superbowl Ad Feature
Feelin' Alright has been used in hundreds of advertising campaigns, movies and TV shows, including this memorable Superbowl ad in 2009.
Joe Cocker Recording
Joe Cocker had a hit single twice with Feelin' Alright, first in 1969 and second in 1972.
The Fifth Dimension Recording
The track was the flip side on the Fifth Dimension's hit "One Less Bell To Answer". It was arranged by Bob Alcivar, Bones Howe, and legendary jazz arranger Bill Holman. The group's harmonies and funky arrangement make this version a must for any Feelin' Alright fan.
The Black Crowes Live Performance
The Black Crowes played, as Letterman called it, the "classic" song of Feelin' Alright for Late Night with David Letterman's anniversary show in 1994.
Diana Ross & The Jackson Five Live Performance
Diana Ross and The Jackson Five include 'Feelin' Alright' in a multi-song mash-up on a national TV special hosted by Diana Ross.
Years later, Michael Jackson commented how much he liked the song, whilst he and Dave recorded together on "Save Me".
Widespread Panic Live Cover
Nearly four decade after the release of "Feelin' Alright", Widespread Panic offers a contemporary interpretation, showing, once again the enduring and timeless element of this legendary tune.
Badfinger recorded "Feelin' Alright" in 1972, and was released in 1997 on the album BBC in Concert.
Lou Rawls Cover
Blessed with a four octave vocal range, Lou Rawls performs a stunning version of "Feelin' Alright".
Gladys Knight & The Pips Cover
Gladys Knight adds a distinctively feminine groove to "Feelin' Alright".
Three Dog Night Cover
"Feelin' Alright" was first released by Three Dog Night on their studio album "Suitable For Framing", and then again on their 1969 "Captured Live at the Forum", which reached #6 on the Billboard album chart.
Grand Funk Railroad Cover
Grand Funk Railroad had a hit single with "Feelin' Alright" in 1971 (US #54). In 2011 Mark Farner and Dave Mason performed the song together.
Huey Lewis Cover
Huey Lewis performs "Feelin' Alright" for the major motion picture, Duets. This is one of hundreds of film, ad and TV placements that assisted in making the song such a huge part of American pop culture.
Isaac Hayes Live Performance
Isaac Hayes performs "Feelin' Alright" with Donny Osmond and the Osmond brothers on their National Special which aired in 1974.
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