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Joe Cocker

About

John Robert "Joe" Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements. Most of his best known singles were covers of songs by other artists, though he composed a number of his own songs for most of his albums as well, often in conjunction with songwriting partner Chris Stainton.His first album featured a recording of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", which brought him to near-instant stardom. The song reached number one in the UK in 1968, became a staple of his many live shows (Woodstock and the Isle of Wight in 1969, the Party at the Palace in 2002) and was also known as the theme song for the late 1980s American TV series The Wonder Years. He continued his success with his second album, which included a second Beatles cover: "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window". A hastily thrown together 1970 U.S. tour led to the live double-album Mad Dogs & Englishmen, which featured an all-star band organized by Leon Russell. His 1974 cover of "You Are So Beautiful" reached number five in the U.S., and became his signature song. Cocker's best selling song was the U.S. number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes that earned a 1983 Grammy Award. He released a total of 22 studio albums over a 43-year recording career.

In 1993, Cocker was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. He was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown in 2007, and received an OBE the following year for services to music. Cocker was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list.

Articles

September 17, 2021

Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’: Inside the Triumph and Trauma of a Legendary Tour

The singer's grueling 1970 tour left many participants with lasting scars. Now, a new film commemorates the run in all its complexity

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August 10, 2021

Flashback: Brian May, Eric Clapton Play ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ With Joe Cocker

The two guitarists were good buddies before May called Clapton a "fruitcake" after his anti-vax views came to light

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Discs

Unchain My Heart (Edit)

January 8, 2021

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Feelin' Alright (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, April 27, 1969)

September 1, 2020

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Fire It Up

November 6, 2012

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So

February 14, 2012

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Hard Knocks

January 24, 2012

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Live At Woodstock

January 1, 2009

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Hymn For My Soul

March 26, 2007

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Legends Live in Concert, Pt. 1 (Live in Denver, CO, 1978)

January 1, 2006

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Heart & Soul

October 12, 2004

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Sheffield Steel (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 2002

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Respect Yourself

January 1, 2002

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No Ordinary World

September 9, 1999

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Vance Arnold and the Avengers 1963

January 1, 1999

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Across from Midnight

August 29, 1997

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Organic

October 29, 1996

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Have A Little Faith

September 8, 1994

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In Interview with Robin Ross DJ

January 1, 1994

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Joe Cocker Live

May 21, 1990

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One Night of Sin

August 16, 1989

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Unchain My Heart

October 28, 1987

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Classics (Vol.4)

March 1, 1987

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Cocker

June 6, 1986

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Civilized Man

April 13, 1984

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Sheffield Steel

January 1, 1982

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Alive in America

January 1, 1981

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Luxury You Can Afford

January 1, 1978

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Legends Live in Concert, Pt. 2 (Live in Denver, 1978)

January 1, 1978

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Jamaica Say You Will

January 1, 1975

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I Can Stand A Little Rain

January 1, 1974

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Joe Cocker

January 1, 1972

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Deluxe Edition)

August 18, 1970

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Live At The Fillmore East/1970/Reissue)

August 1, 1970

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Joe Cocker!

November 1, 1969

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With A Little Help From My Friends

May 1, 1969

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