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Joe Cocker , the man and the voice

by bar sergienko

Artwork from the book - Joe Cocker , the man and the voice by bar sergienko - Ourboox.com

John Robert Cocker ( known as Joe Cocker) was born on 20 May 1944, in Crookes, Sheffield, as the youngest son of Harold Cocker and Madge Cocker. His father was a civil servant.

He loved listening to music from a young age and was influenced by the singers  Lonnie Donegan and (the legendary) Ray Charles .

Joe Cocker adopted a stage name, Vance Arnold, in 1961 and formed another group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The group basically performed covers of the songs of Ray Charles and Chuck Berry.

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here is a cover version of “Georgia on my mind” by Vance Arnold and the Avengers:

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another notable cover version of “Georgia on my mind” and probably the most famous one is by ray charles:

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in the following years Joe Cocker spent preforming in pubs around Sheffield.

In 1968, he released the single that would make him really famous. It was a cover version of the single “With a Little Help from My Friends” originally performed by the Beatles. This single peaked at No.1 in the U.K. and was also a minor success in the U.S. This song not only reached the No.1 spot in the U.K, but also established him as a popular rock and blues singer.

His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969.

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here is the original Beatles song

which one sounds better?

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Joe Cocker died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado, at the age of 70.

He was a rock and blues singer characterized by his gritty voice and peculiar body movements while giving performance. He was a multiple award winning singer who was best known for his cover versions of popular songs,especially those of the iconic rock group, The Beatles.

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Great cover of Elton John’s “sorry seems to be the hardest word”

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if we are talking about the sixties, here’s a cover version by Joe Cocker of a famous sixties song

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It would have been a sin if i haven’t mentioned this wonderful song

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