Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker Artistfacts

  • May 20, 1944-December 22, 2014
  • A British white soul singer, his performance at Woodstock a few months after his debut album was released gave him a huge career boost. A highlight of his set was his version of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."
  • He attended Sheffield Central Technical School in England and worked as a gas fitter for the East Midlands Gas Board.
  • His first group was the Cavaliers in 1959. He was the drummer and harmonica player. When he moved to lead vocals in 1961, they changed their name to Vance Arnold and the Avengers. They toured some with the Rolling Stones and the Hollies.
  • Cocker formed a Motown cover band that played pubs in northern England.
  • Cocker recorded his debut album with guest appearances from the likes of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Traffic organist Steve Winwood.
  • In 1976, Cocker was arrested in Australia for possession of marijuana. It was a sign of his many drug troubles at the time.
  • Cocker is known for his spastic stage movements, which John Belushi famously imitated on Saturday Night Live. When Cocker appeared on the show in 1976, Belushi did an incredibly accurate imitation and then Cocker came out and sang with him.
  • Joe got started by trying to emulate Ray Charles. He was a big fan and was impressed with Ray's talent. >>
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    Ron - Melbourne, FL
  • Cocker: "Moving my hand around is subconscious with me. A lot of the time I'm more orless conducting the band, just keeping a feel. I don't know why I do it. It's just one of those things."

Comments: 5

  • Horn, from MichiganHeard him at a basement party. Mad dogs and English men. i thought it was Ray charles. after fussing, someone shows me the cover. Was hooked ever since. We called him Joe cocker the White soul rocker, enough said! Peace to the gods.....
  • Ty from Indianapolis, Insupposedly alcohol killed his throat
  • Aaron from Amelia, NeI'm not particularly fond of Cocker's version of "A Little Help", but his cover of "The Letter" is far superior to the original in my opinion. The jazz/big band elements that were a large part of Joe Cocker's music really lend themselves well to this song, and the trumpet/sax solos are AWESOME.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrHow is Joe Cocker's voice so raspy? Does he have a frog in his throat?
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiajoe cockers version of a 'help from my friends' was far better then the beatles. joe cocker was arrested for drug possesion while doing a concert tour in perth australia
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