No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My Heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…By way of a “best of” these, here is my 2004 interview with the late Joe Cocker at the time of his excellent “Heart and Soul” release.
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Here are the first-person accounts by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album on its fiftieth anniversary.
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To continue celebrating American Black History Month here In The Studio, I’m reminded of the definition of rock and roll as told to me by Mr. “Blue Suede Shoes” himself , the late Carl Perkins , ” The Blues and Country and Western had a baby , and they called it Rock’n’Roll .” Seeing as we were in Nashville at the time , Perkins could easily have laid it all at the toe-tapping feet of Hank Williams , a rebel Nashville outsider without whom rock simply would not exist …(more)
Interviews with Woodstock Festival performers David Crosby, Graham Nash, dearly departed Joe Cocker, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane, and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Part 2.
“Higher Love”, the #1 seller and winner of both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” Grammys for 1986, isn’t about doing it in the top bunk. It’s about love on a spiritual plane, not an airplane. By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this classic rock interview about 1986’s “Back in the High Life” that a 1972 bout with peritonitis almost killed him…
It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the long dreamed about, too good to last summit meeting of both Seventies- and Eighties-era YES members on the album “Union”, with Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, and the late Chris Squire ALL In the Studio.
They were the changes in musical direction and key personnel made on Jethro Tull’s critical preceding third album, “Benefit”, in April 1970, that provided the oxygen in “Aqualung” ‘s tank a year later.
Woodstock Festival was unequaled in sheer scale, still heard in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After all here In the Studio.
…(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey March 2, 2008 has included the qualifier “blind guitarist” , as if Healey’s mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff’s wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell…(more)