Joe Cocker (May 20, 1944 - December 22, 2014) was a highly acclaimed English blues/soft rock singer and songwriter with intense, raspy vocals and a dynamic stage presence who became famous beginning in the late 1960s. His many signature songs include his slow bluesy remakes of The Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends" (1968) and The Box Tops' "The Letter" (1970, with Leon Russell & The Shelter People), as well as such soft rock ballads as "You Are So Beautiful" (1975), the Grammy-winning "Up Where We Belong" (1982, with Jennifer Warnes), and "When The Night Comes" (1990).
Born John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, England, he first sang in public at age 12 in a skiffle group and began recording in the early 1960s under the name, Vance Arnold. In 1968, Cocker burst on to the international music scene with "With A Little Help From My Friends," which topped the U.K. charts and was used many years later as the opening theme to "The Wonder Years" TV series. He performed at Woodstock in 1969 and over his long career, toured and recorded extensively. Cocker was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list and is included in Rolling Stone's 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
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Joe Cocker With Leon Russell And The Shelter People
- The Letter 1970
(This song was previously a hit for the Box Tops (1967) and the Arbors (1969).)
- Cry Me A River 1970
(This song was previously a hit for Julie London (1955) and Janice Harper (1960).)
- Feeling Alright 1969
(This song also became a hit for Mongo Santamaria (1969) and Grand Funk Railroad (1971) and later recharted for Joe Cocker (1972).)
- High Time We Went 1971
- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 1969
- You Are So Beautiful 1975
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