I had planned on doing another guitar player today, but it just flashed up on my phone that Joe Cocker, one of my favorite singers since the 1960’s, died today at age 70 of an undisclosed illness. Born John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, England, he started out singing in the clubs around that city. His first hit, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” reached the Top Ten in England, peaking at #1, in 1968, and it reached #68 in the US. He sang it at Woodstock; here is his performance there, from the movie.
I became a fan of his when I heard the music from his “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1970. Here is “The Letter” from that film, featuring Leon Russell on piano and a sax solo by Bobby Keys, who also died recently.
Farewell to a distinctive singer and performer, Joe Cocker, your Two for Tuesday, December 23, 2014.