Born on May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, UK, John Robert ‘Joe’ Cocker OBE is to be remembered for his unique (gritty) voice and his spasmodic body movements while performing, in addition to his countless cover versions of popular songs, beginning with those of the Beatles. He has recorded 23 studio albums, the last of which being ‘Fire It Up’ released back in 2012. By 1961, the period of his debut, he would live a double life, working as a gas fitter at day time and transforming himself into a club singer at night.
Also known as the Mad Dog, from the ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ album and the mega tour that would follow in 1969, his obvious versatility allowed him to work with artists hailing from quite different horizons. From Jazz band The Crusaders on their ‘Standing Tall’ album which would get Cocker nominated for a Grammy Award prior to perform it with the band at the ceremony. To Island Records CEO Chris Blackwell on the Reggae fueled album ‘Sheffield Steel’ featuring his cover versions of the Bob Dylan written ‘Seven Days’ and Stevie Winwood‘s famous ‘Talking Back to the Night’ surrounded by Jimmy Cliff and Robert Palmer on vocals, Sly Dubar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass and Wally Badarou on keyboards.
He’s also remembered for his cover version of Randy Newman‘s ‘You Can Leave You Hat On’, made famous after its inclusion on the soundtrack of the 1986 released ‘9½ Weeks’ film.
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