Watch John Belushi’s Uncanny Joe Cocker Impersonation on ‘SNL’

By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. For the late Joe Cocker, it came from one of the most hilarious sources possible.

On October 2, 1976, Cocker was the guest performer on Saturday Night Live. He performed his classic “Feeling Alright”, pieces of which you can see in the video above. But Cocker wasn’t alone on the stage, as a special guest joined him for the performance: John Belushi.

No, it wasn’t the Blues Brothers doing a duet. It was Belushi doing his incredible impersonation of the legendary British singer, who passed away in 2014 at age 70. Despite having a distinctly gravely voice and strained singing style, Cocker was also well-known for his odd mannerisms while performing, as well as contorted facial expressions that almost looked painful.

Well, Belushi nails all of it as he “sings” guest vocals for the song. Perhaps the best part is that Cocker didn’t miss a beat, maintaining a straight face and continuing his usual on-stage antics as Belushi copies them – while standing right next to him. Cocker will ultimately be remembered for his powerful, moving voice and its expert use on the famous cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” but Belushi made sure his stage presence didn’t go unnoticed either.

This post was updated on December 22, 2014 to reflect the passing of Joe Cocker.


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