Dear sweet soft-spoken Joe Cocker passed away a year ago after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Joe was 70. A magnificent singer who remained modest after a 40+ year career, inexplicably Joe Cocker has never been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joe Cocker occupied a unique role in rock’n’roll. He had not composed since the early 1970s, and wasn’t particularly prolific even then. Joe did not have a permanent band like Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty do, or a permanent collaborator like Elton John has with Bernie Taupin. Cocker did not play an instrument, didn’t dance or act. Yet despite these seeming career limitations, this one trick pony maintained one of the most legendary singing careers over the last forty-five years, which was when his debut album With a Little Help from My Friends was released in 1969.Included in my tribute are selections from the new comprehensive double cd collection The Life of a Man:Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 , containing”You Are So Beautiful”,”Unchain My Heart“, his touching interpretation of U2’s “One“, Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”,Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”,”Robert Palmer’s “Every Kind of People“, and my personal desert island disc Sheffield Steel‘s “Sweet Little Woman“. “Ain’t it high time we went” to see Joe Cocker inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?-Redbeard