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Joe Cocker

After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends." His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969. A second British hit came with a version of Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" in the fall of 1969 (by then, Russell was Cocker's musical director) and both of his albums, With a Little Help from My Friends (April 1969) and Joe Cocker! (November 1969), went gold in America. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops hit "The Letter" became his first U.S. Top Ten. Cocker's first peak of success came when Russell organized the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of 1970, featuring Cocker and over 40 others and resulting in a third gold album and a concert film. Subsequent efforts were less popular, and problems with alcohol (both on- and off-stage) reduced Cocker's once-powerful voice to a croaking rasp.

Cocker returned to the U.S. Top Ten in 1975, with the romantic ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and topped the charts in 1982 via a duet with Jennifer Warnes on "Up Where We Belong" (the theme from the film An Officer and a Gentleman). He still charted during the '90s, albeit with less frequency than he did in the '70s and '80s. Across from Midnight arrived in 1997, followed by No Ordinary World two years later. Respect Yourself appeared in 2002, and the covers album Heart & Soul followed in 2004. The European release Hymn for My Soul, which featured cover versions of songs by Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and John Fogerty, was issued on Parlophone in 2007. His complete Live at Woodstock performance was released in 2009. In 2010, Hard Knocks -- his first studio album in three years -- appeared in Europe. Cocker's 23rd studio album, Fire It Up, was issued in November 2012 on Sony. It was produced by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Collective Soul, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and numerous others. Slightly over two years later, however, on December 22, 2014, he succumbed to lung cancer. ~ Cub Koda & William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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My hippie brother, RIP JOE!!!!! SING MY MOMMY A SONG. AND WHEN UR DONE SING ONE MORE FOR ME!
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Rip joe gone but not forgotten
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Singing live right here in Columbus Ohio
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pmjoyce27
Fire It Up Live is awesome
https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 1 L w g 0 Z l P T J A
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pmjoyce27
Fire It Up Live is awesome

Fire It Up Live
https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 1 L w g 0 Z l P T J A

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pmjoyce27
Fire It Up Live is awesome
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Joe makes ya feel alright
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peace through pipe fitting joe
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Absolutely feeling it, deep down. There was nobody like him. And there never will be!! Saw him at Woodstock. Will never forget that experience as long as I live!! He just BLEW EVERYBODY AWAY!!!! R.I.P., my friend. Blessings.
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I will always remember you rip
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Bobpoulin. I agree 100percent. You knew what Joe Cocker was bringing every time... Everything he had! He could read a laundry list and give it soul.
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bobpoulin
Talk about feeling a song,and making the listener feeeeel as well,just great,,RIP,, , , T h a n k s for helping us cope,and get through..... . . . .
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I operated upon a lot of hearts with Joe Cocker playing in the OR.Stay wild Joe.
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pauyahl
Great remake as always w Joe... adding some soul to an alredy great tune.
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Great Song,
Love Joe Cocker!!!!!! !
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Sally likes Joe
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RIP, Joe. Thank you for all the touching music you gave us over the years. We love you.
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RIP SOUL BROTHER IM SURE YOURE ROCKIN IN HEAVEN

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RIP. Thanks for the music.
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RIP, MR. JOE COCKER. My WOODSTOCK friend.
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redoak6
Rest in peace, Joe. Thank you for all you gave us.
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The Joe's voice makes me fly high, thank you, friend.
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The Joe's voice makes me fly high, thank you, friend.
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wegoweko
My 1st concert, The Grease Band at the Duluth National Guard Armory, I was about 10. Was kind of smokey in the auditorium. Got to see Joe years later at MSG for the Ronnie Lane A.R.M.s show. What a showman. He performed You are so beautiful and his voice did not even break. Of course lot's of other songs which he made his own. RIP and thanks for the memories!
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I get by with a little help from my friends! Thankyou my friend! Rest in peace, love, and lots of colors!
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amartstamp
Miss you so much Joe. Thank you for all the wonderful music you left us.
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Hitchcock railway , my favorite!
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Thanks Joe!
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Your soul soothed my soul. Rest in peace!
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richardmarde x
One of a kind... you will be truly missed.
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Rochester War Memorial back in the day!
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cspgregory
A talented and truly wonderful human being. We all miss you.
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Feeling allright ah ha, let er RIP!
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Rip Joe
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RIP. ( JOE )
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RIP Joe we will miss you.
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Heavens called another blues singer to sing in his band
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cw077
So long Joe, RIP. I'll miss ya
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cw077
RIB Joe. I'll miss ya
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many great college drunks on this cool cat
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love joe cocker can't find a song I heard in 70's or 80's . called boogie baby???
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r.cassatt57
Saw you first at age 14 saw you last at age 55 and 17 times in between loved you and your music more each and every time we will miss you till the end. RIP
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Turned a lot of friends to joe still getting thanked rip
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One of a kind!
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RIP - much love
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Your still here! Love to You always♡
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laurawilcox
Love
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Talked about him this morning....w h a t a voice rip!
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nknancy.knol l
last saw you in Sturgis, Joe. You were the best!! Just loved you. Goodbye for now.
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soulful. love your music. rest in peace joe.
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