Joe Cocker, one of my all time favorite singer passed away today, he too lost his battle with lung cancer. Joe Cocker was a British rock-singer with an unforgettable raspy voice. I was very fortunate and saw him once live…years ago at an open air concert.
Mr. Cocker, a native of Sheffield, had been a journeyman singer in Britain for much of the 1960s, building a reputation as a soulful barreler with full-throated versions of Ray Charles and Chuck Berry songs. But he became a sensation after his performance of “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the Woodstock festival in 1969.
His appearance there, captured in the 1970 concert film “Woodstock,” established him as one of pop’s most powerful and irrepressible vocalists. With his tie-dyed shirt and shaggy muttonchops soaked in sweat, Mr. Cocker, then 25, pleadingly teased out the song’s verses — “What would you do if I sang out of tune?/Would you stand up and walk out on me?” — and threw himself into repeated climaxes, lunging and gesticulating in ways that seemed to imitate a guitarist on a heroic solo.
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