Here is the first-person accounts of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album. The backstory is classic lemons-to-lemonade: hot off of his Woodstock Festival and film US debut, Joe Cocker’s English manager had booked a US tour before Joe’s Grease Band split. When Cocker’s management attempted to cancel the tour, the American musicians/ stagehands union threatened to prevent Cocker from ever working in the States if he no-showed.
Enter Tulsa-via-Los Angeles “Wrecking Crew” pianist/ arranger/songwriter Leon Russell to snatch the young, inexperienced Joe Cocker from oblivion, with the subsequent double live album Mad Dogs and Englishmen going all the way to #2 on Billboard‘s album sales chart. We have the in-depth tale from both men before Joe’s passing in December 2014 followed by Leon a year later, plus one of the best live bands and recordings in rock history, containing “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”,”Cry Me a River”,”Feelin’ Alright”,”The Letter”,”Delta Lady”, and Joe’s signature “With a Little Help from My Friends”. –Redbeard