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Joe Cocker
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:52:24 AM »

Blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, best known for his gritty voice and great vocals, has died at the age of 70.

The English-born singer-songwriter died on Sunday in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. He had lung cancer.

His death was confirmed by agent Barrie Marshall, who called Cocker "without doubt the greatest rock-soul voice ever to come out of Britain".

Cocker, from Sheffield, had a career spanning decades and recorded some 40 albums, his raspy voice known to and loved by generations of blues lovers.

His cover of the Beatles' song With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in the UK in 1968, and a year later he performed the song at Woodstock.

Other hits included You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong, a 1983 duet with Jennifer Warnes that earned him a Grammy and an Oscar. The song was featured in the Richard Gere film An Officer And A Gentleman.

You Can Leave Your Hat On was featured in the 1986 film 9 1/2 Weeks.

Mr Marshall said in his statement that Cocker was "simply unique".

"Hugely talented - a true star - but a kind and humble man who loved to perform," Mr Marshall added in a statement.

"Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him."

Cocker embarked on the epic Mad Dogs And Englishmen' Tour in 1970, featuring more than 40 musicians and almost 50 cities across America.

In 2011 he received an OBE for his contribution to music.

Tributes started pouring in shortly after news of Cocker's death came out.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney called Cocker a "lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing".

Of the With A Little Help From My Friends cover, he said Cocker had "totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that".

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr paid tribute to his friend: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends, peace and love."

"Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met," said Edgar Berger, chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment International.

"His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories."

Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler said: "We loved you forever, we will miss you always. RIP Joe Cocker."

Fellow rock singer Bryan Adams tweeted: "Joe Cocker has died. RIP my good friend, you were one of the best rock singers ever."


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Re: Joe Cocker
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 09:30:01 AM »
Yes, very good. Saw him once, must have been about 1967/8.
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Re: Joe Cocker
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 01:01:39 PM »

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You have to be an ambitious, 
audacious rock god to tear down and rebuild a Beatles song. Joe Cocker did just this over and over again.

Cocker, who died yesterday at age 70, most famously took Lennon and McCartney’s simple “With a Little Help From My Friends” and blew it up into delicate gospel tune, r&b showstopper and furious hippie jam all at once.

This was Cocker’s awesome talent. Like few others, the British icon could turn a tune on its head and make it completely his — maybe only Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson equal Cocker as masters of reinvention.

The Sheffield, England, singer started out in pubs covering Ray Charles and his other heroes in the mid-’60s before fronting the modestly successful Grease Band. But it wasn’t until 1969 and the release of the album “With a Little Help From My Friends” under his own name that he exploded (oh, blowing minds at Woodstock helped, too).

The album opens with a cover of Traffic’s “Feelin’ Alright.” A fine number when done by Traffic, but Cocker’s version hums with electric energy and roadhouse funk. It’s as if Otis Redding came back to life, drafted his favorite Rolling Stones and Allman Brothers and said, “OK boys, we’re going see what happens when soul and rock collide!”

With each new release, Cocker took pop’s greatest songs out for a night of boozing that forever changed them: Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman,” Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire,” Billy Preston’s “You Are So Beautiful.”

While Cocker made his name trading on other stars’ songs, he could write a gem too — check out “Black-Eyed Blues.” And sure, he got hokey in the ’80s with cheesy synths and cornball production, but so did everybody (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Robert Palmer). Besides, without those ’80s detours, we would have missed classic beauty-and-a-beast-of-a-singer duet “Up Where We Belong” with Jennifer Warnes (to say nothing of the cheeky, brassy take on Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On”).

But Cocker’s heart and genius live in his late ’60s triumphs. Like nobody else, he had the swagger and vocal chops to gather songs from across the most expansive sonic decade — “Something,” “I Shall Be Released,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” — and say, “Man, it’s all rock ’n’ roll when I do it.”

R.I.P. joe cocker
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