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Joe Cocker

After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends." His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969. A second British hit came with a version of Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" in the fall of 1969 (by then, Russell was Cocker's musical director) and both of his albums, With a Little Help from My Friends (April 1969) and Joe Cocker! (November 1969), went gold in America. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops hit "The Letter" became his first U.S. Top Ten. Cocker's first peak of success came when Russell organized the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of 1970, featuring Cocker and over 40 others and resulting in a third gold album and a concert film. Subsequent efforts were less popular, and problems with alcohol (both on- and off-stage) reduced Cocker's once-powerful voice to a croaking rasp.

Cocker returned to the U.S. Top Ten in 1975, with the romantic ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and topped the charts in 1982 via a duet with Jennifer Warnes on "Up Where We Belong" (the theme from the film An Officer and a Gentleman). He still charted during the '90s, albeit with less frequency than he did in the '70s and '80s. Across from Midnight arrived in 1997, followed by No Ordinary World two years later. Respect Yourself appeared in 2002, and the covers album Heart & Soul followed in 2004. The European release Hymn for My Soul, which featured cover versions of songs by Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and John Fogerty, was issued on Parlophone in 2007. His complete Live at Woodstock performance was released in 2009. In 2010, Hard Knocks -- his first studio album in three years -- appeared in Europe. Cocker's 23rd studio album, Fire It Up, was issued in November 2012 on Sony. It was produced by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Collective Soul, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and numerous others. Slightly over two years later, however, on December 22, 2014, Cocker succumbed to lung cancer. ~ Cub Koda & William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Fire It Up

1. Fire It Up

2. I'll Be Your Doctor

3. You Love Me Back

4. I Come In Peace

5. You Don't Need A Million Dollars

6. Eye On The Prize

7. Younger

8. You Don't Know What You're Doing To Me

9. The Letting Go

10. I'll Walk In Sunshine Again

11. Weight Of The World

12. The Last Road

13. Walk Through The World With Me

14. Let Love Decide

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Track List: So (Single)

1. So

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Track List: Hard Knocks (Bonus Track)

1. Hard Knocks

2. Get On

3. Unforgiven

4. The Fall

5. So It Goes

6. Runaway Train

7. Stay The Same

8. Thankful

9. So

10. I Hope

11. Forever Changed

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Track List: Hard Knocks

1. Hard Knocks

2. Get On

3. Unforgiven

4. The Fall

5. So It Goes

6. Runaway Train

7. Stay The Same

8. Thankful

9. So

10. I Hope

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Track List: Live At Woodstock

1. Dear Landlord (Live)

2. Something's Coming On (Live)

3. Do I Still Figure In Your Life (Live)

4. Feelin' Alright (Live)

5. Just Like A Woman (Live)

6. Let's Go Get Stoned (Live)

7. I Don't Need No Doctor (Live)

8. I Shall Be Released (Live)

9. Hitchcock Railway (Live)

10. Something To Say (Live)

11. With A Little Help From My Friends (Live)

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Track List: Classic Hits

1. When The Night Comes

2. Unchain My Heart

3. You Can Leave Your Hat On

4. Bad Bad Sign

5. What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted

6. Now That The Magic Has Gone

7. The Letter (Live)

8. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Live)

9. Night Calls

10. A Woman Loves A Man

11. Civilized Man

12. Shelter Me (Single Edit)

13. Love Is Alive

14. You Are So Beautiful

15. Don't You Love Me Anymore

16. Edge Of A Dream (Theme From "Teachers")

17. Feelin' Alright (Live)

18. With A Little Help From My Friends (Live; Edit)

19. Feels Like Forever

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Track List: Hymn For My Soul

1. You Haven't Done Nothin'

2. One Word (Peace)

3. Love Is For Me

4. Don't Give Up On Me

5. Long As I Can See The Light

6. Beware Of Darkness

7. Just Pass It On

8. River's Invitation

9. Ring Them Bells

10. Hymn 4 My Soul

11. Come Together

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Track List: Sweet Forgiveness

Disc 1

1. Feelin' Alright (live)

2. I Can't Say No

3. Put Out The Light (live)

4. Look What You've Done

5. Whiter Shade Of Pale (live)

6. Sweet Lil Woman (live)

8. Just Like Always (live)

9. Shocked

10. Seven Days

Disc 2

1. Jealous Kind (live)

2. Hitchcock Railway

4. You Are So Beautiful

5. Sweet Forgiveness (live)

6. With A Little Help From My Friends

7. The Letter

8. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

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Track List: Luxury You Can Afford

1. Fun Time

2. Watching The River Flow

3. Boogie Baby

4. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

5. I Can't Say No

6. Southern Lady

7. I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)

8. What You Did To Me Last Night

9. Lady Put The Light Out

10. Wasted Years

11. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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Track List: Heart & Soul

1. One

2. I (Who Have Nothing)

3. What's Goin On

4. Chain Of Fools

5. Maybe I'm Amazed

6. I Keep Forgetting

7. I Put A Spell On You

8. Every Kind Of People

9. Love Don't Live Here Anymore

10. Don't Let Me Be Lonely

11. Jealous Guy

12. Everybody Hurts

13. One (Live)

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Track List: Respect Yourself

1. You Can't Have My Heart

2. Love Not War

3. You Took It So Hard

4. Never Tear Us Apart

5. This Is Your Life

6. Respect Yourself

7. I'm Listening Now

8. Leave A Light On

9. It's Only Love

10. Every Time It Rains

11. Midnight Without You

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Track List: No Ordinary World

1. First We Take Manhattan

2. Different Roads

3. My Father's Son

4. While You See A Chance

5. She Believes In Me

6. No Ordinary World

7. Where Would I Be Now

8. Ain't Gonna Cry Again

9. Soul Rising

10. Naked Without You

11. Love To Lean On

12. On My Way Home

13. Lie To Me

14. Love Made A Promise

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Track List: Joe Cocker, Greatest Hits

1. You Can Leave Your Hat On

2. You Are So Beautiful

3. Have A Little Faith In Me

4. The Simple Things

5. Anybody Seen My Girl

6. Let The Healing Begin

7. Soul Time

8. Sail Away

9. The Great Divide

10. Darling Be Home Soon

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Track List: Across From Midnight

1. Tonight

2. Could You Be Loved

3. That's All I Need To Know

4. N'oubliez Jamais

5. What Do I Tell My Heart

6. Wayward Soul

7. Loving You Tonight

8. Across From Midnight

9. What Do You Say?

10. The Last One To Know

11. That's The Way Her Love Is

12. Need Your Love So Bad

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Track List: Have A Little Faith

1. Let the Healing Begin

2. Have a Little Faith In Me

3. The Simple Things

4. Summer In the City

5. The Great Divide

6. Highway Highway

7. Too Cool

8. Soul Time

9. Out of the Blue

10. Angeline

11. Standing Knee Deep In a River

12. Take Me Home

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Track List: The Best Of Joe Cocker

1. Unchain My Heart

2. You Can Leave Your Hat On

3. When The Night Comes (Edit)

4. Up Where We Belong

5. Now That The Magic Has Gone

6. Don't You Love Me Anymore

7. Shelter Me (Single Edit)

8. Feels Like Forever

9. Night Calls

10. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

11. Civilized Man

12. With A Little Help From My Friends (Live)

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Track List: Night Calls

1. Feels Like Forever

2. I Can Hear The River

3. Now That The Magic Has Gone

4. Can't Find My Way Home

5. Night Calls

6. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

7. Love Is Alive

8. Five Women

9. Please No More

10. Out Of The Rain

11. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

12. When A Woman Cries

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Track List: Joe Cocker Live

1. Feelin' Alright (Live)

2. Shelter Me (Live)

3. Hitchcock Railway (Live)

4. Up Where We Belong (with Maxine Green) (Live)

5. Guilty (Live)

6. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Live)

7. When The Night Comes (Live-Memorial Auditorium)

8. Unchain My Heart (Live)

9. With A Little Help From My Friends (Live)

10. You Are So Beautiful (Live)

11. The Letter (Live)

12. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Live)

13. High Time We Went (Live)

14. What Are You Doing With A Fool Like Me (Live)

15. Living In The Promiseland (Live)

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Track List: One Night Of Sin

1. When The Night Comes

2. I Will Live For You

3. Got To Use My Imagination

4. Letting Go

5. Just To Keep From Drowning

6. Unforgiven

7. Another Mind Gone

8. Fever

9. You Know It's Gonna Hurt

10. Bad Bad Sign

11. I'm Your Man

12. One Night Of Sin

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Track List: Unchain My Heart

1. Unchain My Heart

2. Two Wrongs

3. I Stand In Wonder

4. River's Rising

5. Isolation

6. All Our Tomorrows

7. A Woman Loves A Man

8. Trust In Me

9. The One

10. Satisfied

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Track List: Classics - Vol.4

1. Feelin' Alright

2. You Are So Beautiful

3. High Time We Went

4. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

5. The Letter (Live At The Fillmore East/1970)

6. Midnight Rider

7. With A Little Help From My Friends

8. Woman To Woman

9. Cry Me A River

10. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

11. Delta Lady

12. Darling Be Home Soon

13. The Jealous Kind

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Track List: Cocker

1. Shelter Me

2. A To Z

3. Don't You Love Me Anymore

4. Living Without Your Love

5. Don't Drink The Water

6. You Can Leave Your Hat On

7. Heart Of The Matter

8. Inner City Blues

9. Love Is On A Fade

10. Heaven

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Track List: Civilized Man

1. Civilized Man

2. Come On In

3. There Goes My Baby

4. Tempted

5. Long Drag Off A Cigarette

6. I Love The Night

7. Crazy In Love

8. A Girl Like You

9. Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing)

10. Even A Fool Would Let Go

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Track List: Sheffield Steel

1. Look What You've Done

2. Shocked

3. Sweet Little Woman

4. Seven Days

5. Marie

6. Ruby Lee

7. Many Rivers To Cross

8. So Good, So Right

9. Talking Back To The Night

10. Just Like Always

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Track List: Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits

1. With A Little Help From My Friends

2. Woman To Woman

3. The Jealous Kind

4. Black-Eyed Blues

5. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

6. Cry Me A River (Live At The Fillmore East/1970)

7. You Are So Beautiful

8. Feelin' Alright

9. Delta Lady

10. Darling Be Home Soon

11. High Time We Went

12. The Letter (Live At The Fillmore East/1970)

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Track List: With A Little Help From My Friends

1. Feeling Alright

2. Bye Bye Blackbird

3. Change In Louise

4. Marjorine

5. Just Like A Woman

6. Do I Still Figure In Your Life?

7. Sandpaper Cadillac

8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

9. With A Little Help From My Friends

10. I Shall Be Released

11. The New Age Of Lily (Bonus Track)

12. Something's Coming On (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Joe Cocker!

1. Dear Landlord

2. Bird On The Wire

3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

4. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

5. Hitchcock Railway

7. Something

8. Delta Lady

9. Hello Little Friend

10. Darling Be Home Soon

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I'm feeling alright now
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ima2thnurse
Saw him with Stevie Ray Vaughn 1 month before he was killed. Rocking great show!!!
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I prepared Joe's contract, sang together one time. ��
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I was fortunate enough to see him in Hawaii, good time!
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I miss soo deeply
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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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Rock n roll rock n roll keep on rocking because you really do only rock once
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We were so fortunate to see him in concert just before his passing. Rock on, Joe!
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kwgthacher
Joe C ... Just awesome.
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best with leon russel
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jerriemoore5
I saw him with Tina Turner in 2000, I think. Great performance by both.
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I saw him preform several times in the late 60s and into the 70s. He never failed to be great
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true that...he could belt out a song like no other
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One of a kind. ...... Kids, quit smoking.
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Rest in peace Joe.Rest in peace
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Something in the way she moves .
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His work on Organic was delicate as much as it was powerful and moving. Beautiful soul.
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Mad dogs&English m e n the best
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Blow's you awayyyyyyyyy y y y
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Unique and infused raw soul into everything he sang.... like no one else. Damn... I really miss him.
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Rock on Joe Rock on
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The white man's Ray Charles! Nobody could make someone's song their own better than Joe. Ray, or Jimi! All time legends! May they all R.I.P. but ROCK FOREVER!
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ANOTHER GREAT GONE TY FOR YOUR MUSIC JOE XO
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RIP....MR. COCKER
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LenG.
My brother and I are proud to have seen Joe Cocker 9 times, performing live in Melbourne. Every concert was faultless, with his energy and feeling being amazing. Love the guy !! Thanks Pandora...gr e a t concept.
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I cant hear Joe Cocker with out thinking about the the time he was on Saturday Night Live and sang with John Bulushi.
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PANDORA ROCKS!!!!
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What a cover band they have upstairs!
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Was at the Mad Dogs and Englishmen concert at the Fillmore, Saturday night late show. Undoubtedly the best concert of my life.
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Fire It Up. This is one concert that I'm sorry I missed. RIP, Joe Cocker.
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I'm 64 hrs old. Been listening to this song forever never tire of it ! I sing it to myself �� yea makes me feel good ! Yep Jules
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Is there a better opening riff?
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when I see you next time I want to see a smile on your face tonight take me by surprise anytime mike
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we will be like eagles free at last Mimi mike
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love lift us up where we belong with each other mimi
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I wouldn't walk out on you ever you got me to help you mimi
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I've always enjoyed his music, especially after 2200
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Feelin Alright...A Beautiful Song, Joe sung Beautifully! ! !
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UNCHAIN MY HEART!!!!!!!
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Such a pleasure to have known him, humble, he meant what he sang, not just a tune, a message!
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A unique voice
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JOE U ARE MISSED XOXO SING IN HEAVEN
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SING IT JOEEEEEEEEEE XOXO
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What a heat vocalist; what a great interpreter! One of the greats.
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He is one of my musical HEROES RIP my brother
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Not really my style but dudes voice is f**king intense
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