Posted by themusicsover on December 21, 2014
John “Joe” Cocker
May 20, 1944 – December 21, 2014
Joe Cocker was a much-beloved English singer-songwriter who, over a career that spanned over 40 years, gave us some of the rock era’s most memorable songs. That list includes, “Feeling Alright,” “Up Where We Belong,” “Cry Me A River,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “You Are So Beautiful,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” With a gravelly voice and uniquely passionate live delivery, Cocker can only be described as one of a kind. In many cases, his interpretations of other superstars’ recordings were arguably better than – or at least equal to – the originals. Born in Sheffield, England , Cocker gravitated to the music of Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan at an early age. He was just 12 years old when his older brother first brought him up on stage to sing with his skiffle band. Within a couple of years, he formed his first group, the Cavaliers. Over the next four decades, Cocker released 23 studio albums and toured the world numerous times. His most recent studio album, Fire It Up, was released in 2012. Joe Cocker lost his battle with lung cancer on December 21, 2014. He was 70 years old.
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