Joe Cocker was an English rock and blues singer and musician who came to popularity
in the 1960s.
In 2007 he was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown, and in 2008 he received
an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.
John Robert Cocker
Also Known As
Vance Arnold, The Sheffield Soul Shouter
May 20th, 1944
In Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
December 22nd, 2014
(at the age of 70)
In Crawford, Colorado, U.S.
(Cause of death: Lung cancer)
Blues, rock, blues rock, blue-eyed soul
The Grease Band
Joe Cocker Awards
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Edison Award for Pop
Joe Cocker Quotes
Back then, I, most rockers loved Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis... you know in the '60s.
Don't go on American Idol, I think you'll spend the rest of your life living it down and I think it's getting kinda scary, isn't it?
For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.
God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?
I had a job when I was 16 at a gas fitter, which was a bit like a pipe fitter.
I have sung to large crowds since then, and there is a feeling that once you get over 100,000 people, you kind of lose the control element, you don't know if you are really getting through or not.
I love songs that have a rocking and grooving feeling.
I was in Germany when the wall came down.
I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.
It's all a matter of hearing what I like and seeing if I can make it fit into my style.
It's interesting, as I said on the last tour in America, the audience actually came out, they had to have been the kind of fans who listened to my music via their parents, you know what I mean?
It's nice to get a response from the artists that I cover.
Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.
Over the years, I've worked with just about everybody.
Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda... my set list is basically like my hits, there is a good reason why they are there; people really like them.
The world is a tougher place to live in than it was back then, as we come into the computer age.
Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing.
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.
Yeah, one of the main ways is for songs that make me want to move.