Joe Cocker Passes at 70-The Redbeard Interview


Dear sweet soft-spoken Joe Cocker has passed away 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 are selections from his first four albums including Dave Mason’s “Feelin’ Alright”; a couple of Beatles reinventions “With a Little Help from My Friends” and“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”; “Delta Lady”; two powerhouse selections from the legendary Mad Dogs and Englishman ; and two chestnuts,“High Time We Went” and “Woman to Woman” from the 1972 Joe Cocker album. “Ain’t it high time we went” to see Joe Cocker inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?-Redbeard


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