Tuesday, December 23, 2014
JOE COCKER (1944 - 2014)
Best known for his gravely voice and looking like he was having a seizure when he sang, the British rock & soul artist, Joe Cocker passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Cocker's first hit was a radical re-working of The Beatles song, "With a Little Help From My Friends". This cover reached the top-ten in Britain in 1968 and featured future Led Zeppelin member, Jimmy Page on guitar. Cocker had other hits with his versions of popular tunes including "Feelin' Alright", "Cry Me a River", "The Letter" and "You Are So Beautiful". In 1982, Joe Cocker teamed-up with Jennifer Warnes to perform "Up Where We Belong", the love theme for the hit film, "An Officer and A Gentleman". This became the singer's only U.S. number-one hit single and earned him a Grammy Award.
Listen to these classic songs from the great Joe Cocker:
"Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker (1968)
"Up Where We Belong" - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (1982)
Here is Joe Cocker performing his take of "With A Little Help From My Friends" live at Woodstock:
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