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Sunday, August 17, 1969, at the opening of the third day of the famous Woodstock Music Festival & amp; Art Fair, the provision of Joe Cocker, and especially its interpretation of the song With a Little Help From My Friends , signed Lennon-McCartney Beatles made history. Half-closed eyes, the body as through electric shocks, voice hoarse, raspy, overflowing in line howler rhythm’n’blues origins. Joe Cocker, died on 22 December, at the age of 70 of complications from lung cancer in Crawford, in the State of Colorado, where he settled in the early 1990s, was with The Incredible String Band, The Who and Ten Years After, one of the few Britons to participate in the American festival became a symbol of the late hippie utopia. This passage in Woodstock will put the singer in bright light. And since each concert, the audience expected him to resume this song and gesture.
Born May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, mining and steel city in the north of England, Joe Cocker debuted in pubs and clubs in the city, first as a drummer and then as a singer, after following a plumber training. In 1964, while still working during the day to a gas company, he met bassist and keyboardist Chris Stainton, also born in 1944, with whom he founded in late 1965 the foundation for what will soon become regular group of Cocker, The Grease Band. Most of collaboration between Stainton and Cocker will last until the end of 1972, it called upon his friend redoing beginnings in the 1990s.
After various changes The Grease Band stabilizes with addition Stainton on keyboards, guitarist Henry McCullough (who will join the group Wings Paul McCartney) and Neil Hubbard, bassist Alan Spenner and drummer Bruce Rowland. It is this group which is found in Woodstock and is on the first album by Joe Cocker, published in April 1969, entitled With a Little Help From My Friends , which also involved the stars of the English rock like Stevie Winwood and Jimmy Page. Besides the Beatles song to face a resumption of Feelin’Allright , Dave Mason, also set to become one of the interpretations of Joe Cocker’s most popular public.
VIDEO (audio only): the song Feelin’Alright , Dave Mason, taken from the debut album by Joe Cocker, With a Little Help From My Friends April 1969.
Just back down the revelation in Woodstock, Joe Cocker recorded a second album, which will bear his name and released in November 1969. The Beatles had succeeded him, there are twice the group, including Something written by George Harrison (1943-2001), but also a version of Delta Lady of pianist Leon Russell (as Johnny Hallyday will also resume with the title Girls Night in 1971).
Alcohol becomes the daily
From March to May 1970, Joe Cocker toured in the United States. A madness that will result in a film and an album recorded live. On stage with the group name Mad Dogs & amp; Englishmen (“mad dogs and English”), twenty instrumentalists, including Leon Russell and Stainton and backing singers. Directory, extracts from two albums Cocker, covers of Rolling Stones, Dylan, Otis Redding … all the finesse rarely (resumption of The Letter The Box Tops reaching a top musical vulgarity), with an overwhelming presence choirs. Concerts far beyond the two hours. Alcohol becomes the daily Cocker who will return from the tour mentally and physically exhausted
VIDEO:. The song Delta Lady , Leon Russell, Mad Dogs & amp ; Englishmen filmed at concerts at the Fillmore East in New York on 27 and 28 March 1970.
In the summer of 1971, 45-laps of the publication High Time We Went (song composed by Cocker and Stainton who will also be part of the album Something to Say in November 1972) marks the last fires of the singer in the 1970s before it sinks to into alcoholism and depression and self-destructive phases. On stage, he has a generally pitiful sight – remember the sad Riviera Festival Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, in late July 1976 that the vision of Cocker, mushy diction, holding barely standing together somehow by some musicians with whom he has recorded the album Stingray including guitarist Cornell Dupree (1942-2011) and keyboardist Richard Tee (1943-1993) – and records means records where he still manages at times to hold just about his interpreter row.
In the spring of 1981, the producer and founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell, Cocker sailed to the Bahamas, where he gets a health records with guitarist Adrian Belew (Zappa, Talking Heads, King Crimson), keyboardist Wally Badarou and rhythmic reggae’s most popular, bassist Robbie Shakespeare and drummer Sly Dunbar. This will give the success of a cover of the song Many Rivers to Cross , Jimmy Cliff and the album Sheffield Steel which comes out May 22, 1982. This is the beginning of a renaissance for Joe Cocker and a positive public reception that will materialize soon after with his duet with Jennifer Warnes interpretation of Up Where We Belong. The song in the genre romance cream hantilly with up spilled string synthesizers way, is on the soundtrack of the movie Officer and a Gentleman , Taylor Hackford romantic drama starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger.
VIDEO: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes interpret the song Up Where We Belong , written by Will Jennings and composed by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie for the film Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Taylor Hackford.
Therefore, the course Joe Cocker will prove uneventful and without the excesses of past years. It is primarily solid performer classic of others (Ray Charles Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen to Elton John, Randy Newman Bryan Adams …), on the occasion of rarities blues or soul years 1950 and 1960. In 1986, the success of a song by Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On – is again associated with a film Nine 1/2 weeks Adrian Lyne with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, where he musically accompanies a scene of striptease. Of the original composition of Randy Newman, slow blues, ironic, it is little left in an arrangement for heavy cavalry. Huge success, reissued in 1987 with a recovery a little in the same spirit of Unchain My Heart , composed in 1961 by Bobby Sharp (1924-2013) Ray Charles (1930-2004).
VIDEO: Joe Cocker interprets With a Little Help From My Friends of John Lennon and Paul McCartney at the Woodstock Festival’94, August 13, 1994 .
In 1994, during the anniversary festival of twenty-five years of Woodstock, Joe Cocker had been invited to open the second day of the festival on 13 August. A concert of just over an hour amid which the ritual With a Little Help From My Friends was greeted by a standing ovation. Asked later about his two appearances in Woodstock, Cocker would have said that the only difference in 1994 was that “this time the group had not taken acid.”
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May 20! 1944
Born in Sheffield (England).
co-founded The Grease Band with keyboardist Chris Stainton.
17 August 1969
Opens the third day of the Woodstock Music Festival & amp; Art Fair.
Publication of the song High Time We Went .
Publication of Sheffield Steel , considered album of rebirth.
Huge Success her cover of the song You Can Leave Your Hat On , Randy Newman, used in the film Nine 1/2 weeks , Adrian Lyne.
December 22, 2014
Death to Crawford (Colorado State).