The Letter

Key of Bbmi

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Carson Thompson

This chart is a 7-pc arrangement of ‘The Letter’. It is based on the ‘live’ version recorded by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell on the ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ USA tour in 1970.

The instrumentation is:

  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Trumpet
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trombone

Mad Dogs & Englishmen is a live album by Joe Cocker, released in 1970. The album’s title is drawn from the 1931 Noël Coward song of the same name and Leon Russell’s “Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen”. Besides the contributions of bandmate and musical director Leon Russell, it draws equally from rock (the Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, the Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding). Accompanying Cocker is a choir, a three-piece horn section and several drummers.

The single “The Letter”/”Space Captain”, recorded during rehearsals was released to coincide with the tour.