Joe Cocker occupies a unique role in rock’n’roll. He has not composed since the early 1970s, and wasn’t particularly prolific even then. Joe doesn’t have a permanent band like Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty do, or a permanent collaborator like Elton John has with Bernie Taupin. Cocker does not play an instrument, doesn’t dance or act. Yet despite these seeming career limitations, this one trick pony has 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.
We have included selections from his first four albums including Dave Mason’s Traffic standard “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 tour/album/movie; 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