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Joe Cocker


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(1961 – 2014)

John Robert “Joe” Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English / singer who came to popularity in the , most known for his voice and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.

Joe Cocker was the youngest son of a civil servant. From 1961 Cocker was by day an apprentice gas fitter and by night, in dark suit and bow tie, he became Vance Arnold singing with The Avengers in rough Sheffield pubs. The set included songs by mentor Ray Charles “What’d I Say” and “Georgia on My Mind. ” Vance Arnold and the Avengers biggest moment came in 1963 when they supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall, and brought the house down.

In 1962 Cocker left the Gas Board and released his first single, a cover of The Beatles “I’ll Cry Instead.” His band, Joe Cocker Big Blues, built up a large following in the north of England and ventured to France for a two month stint, playing on American airbases.

The servicemen, many from America’s deep south, loved Joe. The French called him “Le Petit Ray Charles”. Unfortunately when he returned home to England the bottom had fallen out of the local scene. Joe Cocker Big Blues folded.

For an entire year Joe never did a gig. Then along came the man Joe has called the greatest musician in the world, Chris Stainton. With Chris The Grease Band was formed.

Songs were written. Soon a demo found its way to Denny Cordell, the producer of The Moody Blues, Georgie Fame, and Procol Harum. Cordell liked what he heard of Joe, and soon set him up in London with a residency at The Marquee.


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  • SSBN623

    so joe, which slut did you say "you can leave your hat on" studio c wrote it along with others

    Yesterday 5:45pm Reply
  • juliendu48

    You Are So Beautiful > Son Mythique, Merci Joe. #JeSuisCharlie

    13 Jan 2:29pm Reply
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    13 Jan 10:05am Reply
  • juliendu48

    You Can Leave Your Hat On > Hot Song ♥

    11 Jan 12:28am Reply
  • AnarchyKM

    Hey Joe! What takes you so long? If Elvis and Jesus can do it....

    10 Jan 3:27am Reply
  • valeryw1

    So sorry...

    6 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • Smeshonok

    Джооооооооооооооооооо are so beautiful to me....

    6 Jan 4:16pm Reply
  • coanta

    R.I.P. Joe! Your music was so beautiful!

    5 Jan 3:48pm Reply
  • mae_anne_2010

    Thank you Joe, ... R.I.P.

    4 Jan 8:24pm Reply
  • ejtc1

    Goodnight Joe

    3 Jan 2:56pm Reply
  • dracoshaa

    N'oubliez Jamais...

    3 Jan 10:44am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I'm a bit late here, but R.I.P. You were an amazing singer, dude! I don't believe in an afterlife and stuff, but if there is... rock on in heaven!

    31 Dec 2014 Reply


    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • aleksei-say

    I can't beleive that now there is no Joe Cocker among us. RIP master, thank you

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Andreas_Wotte

    So long Joe, see you! You are so great! Without you, music wasn't the same. Thank you!

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • NikTotti

    RIP Joe

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    Anyone who has his ever seen, never forget him ... Joe Cocker was unique, and it is impossible to fill the place that he held in our hearts

    26 Dec 2014 Reply

    you are so great r.i.p

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • srv_

    Goodbye Joe. Rock and roll will never die.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • luckystoned

    goodbye joe

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
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