Joe Cocker

Born 20 May 1944.
Joe Cocker

Biography

John Robert Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) — known as Joe Cocker — is an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.

His cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. His 1975 hit single, "You Are So Beautiful", reached number five in the US. Cocker is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993 he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, and in 2007 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Cocker was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Fire It Up

    Fire It Up 2013

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Cocker’s an oddly innocuous voice on an album too smooth to really impress.