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Joe Cocker

Background information
Birth name John Robert Cocker
Born May 20, 1944 (1944-05-20) (age 63)
Sheffield, England
Genre(s) Blues
Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, session musician,
composer,
Instrument(s) Vocals
Harmonica
Years active 1960s-present

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Contents

Biography

Early life

Cocker was born John Robert Cocker at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield, the youngest son of a civil servant. He left school early and became an apprentice gas fitter. In 1961, he started his musical career in the pubs of Sheffield. Crookes ward—which includes the districts of Crookes, Steelbank, Crosspool, and Sandygate—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Pub redirects here. ...


Career

Under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker sang with his band Vance Arnold and the Avengers. In 1963 the band supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall. In 1964 Cocker brought out his first single, a cover of The Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead" with a new band, Joe Cocker Big Blues. This band ventured as far as France, where they played on American air bases. After a lull, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton, to form The Grease Band, in 1966. They were noticed by Denny Cordell, the producer of Procol Harum, The Moody Blues and Georgie Fame. Cordell set Cocker up with a residency at The Marquee Club in London. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Sheffield City Hall is a building containing several venues, ranging from auditoria to a ballroom, in Sheffield, England. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Ill Cry Instead is a song by The Beatles from their album A Hard Days Night. ... For other uses, see Airport (disambiguation). ... A pianist who played with The Who in their rock opera album Quadrophenia Among his many other musical credits, he also was featured on on the Leon Russell album Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as Eric Claptons late seventies solo album, Backless. ... The Grease Band are a rock band which evolved out of Joe Cockers backing band. ... Denny Cordell (*1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentine, † February 18, 1995 in Dublin, Ireland) was a British record producer and horseracer. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Procol Harum is an English rock band, formed in the 1960s, who built a heavy foundation for what would become progressive rock. ... The Moody Blues are a British rock band originally from Birmingham, England. ... Georgie Fame is a British R&B singer whose real name is Clive Powell. ... Legendary music club first located at 165 Oxford Street, London, UK when it opened in 1958 with a range of jazz and skiffle acts. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

After minor success in the U.S. with the single "Marjorine", he entered the big time with a groundbreaking rearrangement of "With a Little Help from My Friends," another Beatles cover, this time from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, featuring lead guitar from Jimmy Page. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... With a Little Help from My Friends is a 1969 album by Joe Cocker. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Sgt. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ...


In 1969 he appeared at the Woodstock Music Festival. His performance included the following songs: Woodstock redirects here. ...

  1. "Delta Lady"
  2. "Some Things Goin' On"
  3. "Let's Go Get Stoned"
  4. "I Shall Be Released"
  5. "With a Little Help from My Friends"

Cocker then had a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, "Delta Lady". He had further success covering Beatles tunes in 1970 with his version of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" off their Abbey Road album. Though his British success proved difficult to sustain, he enjoyed several chart entries in the U.S. with "Cry Me a River" and "Feelin' Alright" by Dave Mason. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops' hit "The Letter", which appeared on the live album, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, became his first U.S. Top Ten hit. In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... She Came In Through The Bathroom Window is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Cry Me a River is a popular song. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ... Cover of The Letter by The Box Tops. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ... Mad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cockers 1970 live album, featuring a fusion of rock and soul. ... A top 10 list is a generic term used to indicate a list of items, usually ten in number, which are considered to be best, worst, or notable in some other way, typically a record chart. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ...


In 1969 he was featured on The Ed Sullivan Show. Onstage, he exhibited an idiosyncratic physical intensity, flailing his arms around and playing an air guitar, occasionally giving superfluous cues to his band. In 1976, Cocker performed "Feelin' Alright" on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him on stage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements. For other persons named Edward Sullivan, see Edward Sullivan (disambiguation). ... It is believed that air guitar possibly originated from early Iron Maiden fans in the late 1970s. ... This article is about the American television series. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ...


In the beginning of 1970s the "Sheffield Soul Shouter" had problems with drug abuse including alcohol. He managed to make a comeback in the 1980s and 1990s with several hits, including: The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ... Bottles of cachaça, a Brazilian alcoholic beverage. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

Cocker performed the opening set at Woodstock '94 as one of the few alumni who played at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, and was very well received. He continues to tour sporadically, and currently lives on the Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado, with his wife, Pam. Cocker was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list for services to music.[1] To celebrate receiving his award in mid-December 2007, he will be playing two high profile concerts in London and his home town of Sheffield. Up Where We Belong is a song from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. ... You Are So Beautiful is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and first recorded by Preston and made popular in a version by Joe Cocker. ... Grammy nominated songwriter and producer. ... Unchain My Heart was a successful recording by legendary American R&B musician Ray Charles, written by Teddy Powell under the joint pseudonymn of Freddie James and Agnes Vivian Jones. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... The Cutting Edge is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser. ... Woodstock 94 poster design Woodstock 94 is a rock concert that was held in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock concert of 1969. ... Crawford is a town located in Delta County, Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... For other uses, see Wife (disambiguation). ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ...


In 2007, Cocker appeared playing minor characters in the film, Across the Universe, as the lead singer on The Beatles hit song, "Come Together". This article is about motion pictures. ... Across the Universe is a 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Come Together (disambiguation). ...


Australian controversy in 1972

In October 1972, Cocker toured Australia on his Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. Cocker and six of his entourage were arrested in Adelaide by police for possession of marijuana. The next day in Melbourne, assault charges were laid after a brawl at the Commodore Chateau, and Cocker was given 48 hours to leave the country by the Australian Federal Police. This caused huge public outcry in Australia, as Cocker was a high-profile overseas artist and had a strong support base, especially amongst the baby boomers who were coming of age and able to vote for the first time. It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia. This event took place just before the 1972 Australian Federal election, where progressive left-wing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam came to power and Australia saw the end of 23 years of rule by conservative governments in Australia. Mad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cockers 1970 live album, featuring a fusion of rock and soul. ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja (Hindi: गांजा),[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the federal police agency of the Commonwealth of Australia. ... Federal elections were held in Australia on 2 December 1972. ... Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (, pronounced Goff), is an Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia. ...


Discography

Albums

  • With a Little Help from My Friends (1969)
  • Joe Cocker! (1969)
  • Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1970)
  • Cocker Happy (1971) (Australian compilation release, 1971)
  • Double Cocker Power (Australian release, 1972)
  • Joe Cocker: Something to Say (also known as just Joe Cocker) (1972)
  • I Can Stand a Little Rain (1974)
  • Jamaica Say You Will (1975)
  • Stingray (1976)
  • Greatest Hits (1977)
  • Luxury You Can Afford (1979)
  • Sheffield Steel (1982)
  • The Best of Joe Cocker (1983 - Australia / NZ only)
  • Civilized Man (1984)
  • Cocker (1986)
  • Unchain My Heart (1987)
  • One Night of Sin (1989)
  • Joe Cocker Live (1991)
  • Night Calls (1992)
  • The Best of Joe Cocker (1993)
  • Have a Little Faith (1994)
  • The Long Voyage Home (1995)
  • Organic (1996)
  • Across from Midnight (1997)
  • Greatest Hits (1998)
  • The Anthology (1999)
  • No Ordinary World (2000)
  • Respect Yourself (2002)
  • Ultimate Collection (2004)
  • Heart & Soul (2004)
  • Hymn for My Soul (2007)
  • Come Together (album) Across the Universe Motion Picture Soundtrack (2007)

With a Little Help from My Friends is a 1969 album by Joe Cocker. ... Joe Cocker! is a 1969 album by Joe Cocker. ... Mad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cockers 1970 live album, featuring a fusion of rock and soul. ... Cocker Happy is a best of compilation album by Joe Cocker, released in Australia in 1971 on Interfusion Records. ... Jamaica Say You Will is a 1975 album by Joe Cocker. ... Sheffield Steel is a 1982 album by Joe Cocker. ... Best of Joe Cocker Australian 1983 version Best of Joe Cocker was a compilation album of hits by Joe Cocker released in 1983 by EMI Records in Australia. ... Cocker is a 1986 album by Joe Cocker. ... Unchain My Heart is a 1987 album by Joe Cocker. ... Have a Little Faith is a 1994 album by Joe Cocker. ... Heart & Soul is an album by Joe Cocker, released in 2004. ... For other uses, see Come Together (disambiguation). ... Across the Universe is a 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. ...

Singles

Year Month Title UK Singles U.S. Hot 100 Album
1968 October "With A Little Help From My Friends" 1 '
1969 September "Delta Lady" 10 '
1970 July "The Letter" 39 '
1975 "You Are So Beautiful" 5 I Can Stand a Little Rain
1983 January "Up Where We Belong" 7
1992 March "(All I Know) Feels Like Forever" 25 '
1992 May "Now That The Magic Has Gone" 28 '
1992 July "Unchain My Heart 17 '
1994 August "The Simple Things" 17 '
1994 December "Let The Healing Begin" 32 '

“British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Sgt. ... Cover of The Letter by The Box Tops. ... You Are So Beautiful is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and first recorded by Preston and made popular in a version by Joe Cocker. ... Up Where We Belong is a song from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. ... Unchain My Heart was a successful recording by legendary R&B musician Ray Charles when released as a single in early 1962. ...

Further reading

  • Joe Cocker: The Authorised Biography by J. P. Bean (2003) ISBN 1-85227-043-8
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X
  • The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits - ISBN 0-85112-250-7
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  • Guinness Rockopedia - ISBN 0-85112-072-5
  • The Great Rock Discography - 5th Edition - ISBN 1-84195-017-3

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References

  1. ^ Rushdie and Eavis lead honours, BBC News, 15 June, 2007

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