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One thing I must say about the legionary Mr. Cocker is that he gives every bit of himself to the performance and audience! Considering the sad fact that in a lot of these recent concert videos he is very sick. Few performers have the stamina and desire to go this distance. Not only was Mr. Cocker a tremendous star he was also an inspiration to many, many people.
This video? What a performance! Every one of these shows I have watched (and there were many) have the same vitality and professionalism! It's consistent with all of his work. Simply put, he amazes me! May he rest in peace. He fought the good fight and gave it his all.
✞ Joe Cocker ✞
John Robert Cocker, also known as Vance Arnold, The Sheffield Soul Shouter, much more known around the...
John Robert Cocker, also known as Vance Arnold, The Sheffield Soul Shouter, much more known around the world under the name Joe COCKER was born 20 May 1944, in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire (England). This giant artist is dead on 22 December 2014. He was the youngest son (/4) of Harold Cocker, a civil servant, and Madge Cocker. Joe was an English musician, songwriter, actor, and mainly singer in the blues, rock, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul genres. He was also playing the harmonica, guitar and drums. The main characteristics of this great artist were his gritty voice and his idiosyncratic arm movements while performing. Joe Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan ! His first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, The Cavaliers but they broke up after a year and Joe Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while he pursued a career in music.