Tue. Jun. 18, 2019

Blues/Rock icon Joe Cocker died, aged 70…

Joe CockerBorn 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. This in addition to his countless cover versions of popular songs. Beginning with those of the Beatles. He has recorded 23 studio albums. With the last of them being ‘Fire It Up’ 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. He eventually joined Jazz band The Crusaders on their ‘Standing Tall’ album. The latter propelling him for a nomination at the Grammy Awards before performing it with the band during the ceremony.

And how to not remember his collab with Island Records CEO Chris Blackwell on the Reggae fueled ‘Sheffield Steel’?!? An album which saw him covering Bob Dylan‘s ‘Seven Days’. But also takin’ on where Stevie Winwood left with his interpretation of ‘Talking Back to the Night’. This along with Jimmy Cliff and Robert Palmer on backing vocals. Not to mention Sly Dunbar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass and Wally Badarou on keyboards.

He also made quite some noise at the time for his cover version of Randy Newman‘s ‘You Can Leave You Hat On’. A cut made famous after its inclusion on the soundtrack of the 1986 released ‘9½ Weeks’ film.

Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to Joe Cocker‘s family and friends…

Gone too soon – Joe Cocker died, aged 70…

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