By now you all know that one of rock’s great musicians Joe Cocker has joined the rock and roll band in the sky. It’s sad to see him go but as with others before him his songs and his music make him immortal and can be enjoyed time and time again. Born John Robert Cocker on May 20, 1944 he was an English rock and blues singer well known for his musical style and gravely voice.
In 1968 his version of The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” climbed the U.K. charts to number one. Cocker performed this song version both at Woodstock in 1969 and at the Party at the Palace concert given for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. If this version sounds familiar to you then I must mention the fact that it became the theme song for the popular TV show “The Wonder Years”.
Another song which was typically Cocker was his 1974 cover of “You Are So Beautiful”
I must mention some of my favorites like “Feels Like Forever”
“You Can Leave Your Hat On”
Joe Cocker lives on in his music and made Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers list. The world lost this great artist to cancer on December 22, 2014 but I know that his soul is now up where it belongs.
Finally this wonderful song “Up Where We Belong” a duet with Jennifer Warnes reached number one in the U.S. and earned him a 1983 Grammy Award.
Love ya and miss ya, Joe!