Over the course of a 50 year career, Joe Cocker released twenty two studio albums. He also released nine live albums. Joe Cocker also released an extraordinary amount of singles totaling sixty eight released throughout his career. Sadly, Joe Cocker passed away in December of It only touches on a very small amount of his material but we hope it serves a launching pad for anyone unfamiliar with his work.
'Unchain My Heart'
A fter a long battle with lung cancer, legendary rocker Joe Cocker died Dec. The British musician, who emerged during the Woodstock era, was best known for his unique, gravelly voice and his prolific, decades-long career. Above all, Cocker is best known for his passionate cover of this Beatles hit, which he performed live at Woodstock in Originally written and recorded by the rock band Traffic, this song became a major hit for Cocker in His gritty, bluesy take on it soared to the top of charts in Contact us at editors time. By Samantha Grossman. With a Little Help from My Friends.
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Joe Cocker passed in , but his legacy in the musical firmament is unshakeable because, though not a songwriter himself, his vocal stylings took certain pop classics and rendered them utterly his own. Capable of gruffly gorgeous tones and orgasmic wails as well as mild-mannered British-isms, he was often compared to Ray Charles, an assessment embraced by both men. I understand. Soulful and sexy, Cocker pulls out all the stops, blending the prurient with the gospel, and adding some boogie-woogie piano for good measure. Hippie chicks have been doing their blissful backward swim dance to it ever since. The result was a much bigger hit than the original, filled with sexy backup vocalists and all kinds of bluesy deliciousness. It has become a winking, spirited standard. The Beatles were great admirers of Cocker and the feeling was mutual, no doubt solidified by this interpretation. The cherished number attracted a new generation of fans when it became the theme song of The Wonder Years in No longer a young man when this track came out, Cocker still punctuates the chart-topper with drawn-out wails and infuses it with vocal excitement.
Though he came of age musically as a member of the Woodstock generation, Joe Cocker was one of the last of the great rock interpreters. He became most famous for what he did with others' words, even in an era that prized songwriting more than singing. And so, any list of top Joe Cocker songs necessarily includes tunes written by others. But Cocker chose well — there are catalog items here from the Beatles , Ray Charles , Billy Preston, the Animals and Traffic , among others — and then he often had the guts to radically rework them. Add in his famous gravel-gargling vocals, not to mention a few foot-stampingly loose jams from a series of ace sidemen, and Joe Cocker's audacious updates often actually superseded even the celebrated originals.