The Box Tops did "The Letter" first.
Team Laith Al-Saadi!
Ann Arbor favorite Laith Al-Saadi appeared in a blind audition episode of NBC's The Voice on March 1st, earning interest from two of the show's four judges. His powerful rendition of Joe Cocker's own blues-rock cover of "The Letter," complete with a Pharrell-wowing guitar solo, grabbed the interest of judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Al-Saadi noted his near-constant performance schedule, which is already well-known here in his hometown.
In fact, you can catch him performing at Weber's Habitat Lounge or the Arena Sports Bar a few nights this week and next, and probably beyond! Go Team Laith!
Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and thinks Team Adam was probably the right call.
The Voice airs on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm.
Thanks for the tip! Edited to indicate the performance is inspired by Joe Cocker's own cover of the song.