Joe Cocker

cocker2John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs. His main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan.

Even with only a passel of top 10 hit singles -- "Up Where We Belong," "You Are So Beautiful" and "The Letter" -- Cocker made an immediate impression in the U.S. with his passionate performance at Woodstock in August 1969 coming four months after the release of his first album. A visually arresting performer whose wild gyrations and air guitar movements were as much his signature as his intense growls, early appearances on TV shows such as Ed Sullivan and This Is Tom Jones helped established Cocker as a significant new interpreter of pop music.

Unlike many of his Woodstock-era contemporaries, Cocker was able to retain his trademark vocal style and apply it to various pop music styles over multiple decades. As the power waned in his voice, material that exposed vulnerability and tenderness became his forte, Cocker's impeccable taste in songs never in doubt.

In the four decades of his life as a performing artist, he covered many Bob Dylan songs.

With A Little Help From My Friends

With A Little Help From My Friends

I Shall Be Released
Just Like A Woman

1969

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker

Dear Landlord

1969

Woodstock Diary

Woodstock Diary

I Shall Be Released

1969, released 1994

Live At Woodstock

Live At Woodstock

Dear Landlord
Just Like A Woman
I Shall Be Released

1969, released 2009

Live In L.A.

Live In L.A.

Dear Landlord

1970

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Girl From The North Country  (with Leon Russell)

1970

Stingray

Stingray

Catfish
The Man In Me

1976

Luxury You Can Afford

Luxury You Can Afford

Watching The River Flow

1978

Sheffield Steel

Sheffield Steel

Seven Days

1982

Organic

Organic

Dignity

1996

Hymn 4 My Soul

Hymn 4 My Soul

Ring Them Bells

2007 CD-single

Cry Me A River - The Rockpalast Collection

Cry Me A River - The Rockpalast Collection

Watching The River Flow

rec.10/31/80 - DVD rel 2008

Live at Montreux 1987

Live at Montreux 1987

Dear Landlord
Seven Days
Watching The River Flow

1987 - DVD

Ohne Filter

Ohne Filter

Dignity

In Concert DVD - Ohne Filter Studios, Germany - 10/15/96

The Long Voyage Home

The Long Voyage Home

I Shall Be Released   (Fillmore West, 1969)
Dear Landlord   (Cobo Hall, Detroit, 1969)
regular album versions:
Just Like A Woman
Catfish

1995  - 4xCD compilation boxset

Hymn For My Soul

Hymn For My Soul

Ring Them Bells

2007

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