Joe Cocker

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  • Name: Joe Cocker ( John Robert Cocker )
  • Date of birth: 20 may 1944.
  • Age: 70 years
  • Date of death: 22 December 2014
  • Place of birth: Sheffield, England
  • Height: 174
  • Activity: singer, musician, composer
  • Marital status: married

    Joe Cocker biography

    Joe Cocker was born in the English city of Sheffield, situated in the County of South Yorkshire. His father, Harold Coker was a civil servant and her mother Madge Or was a housewife. Harold and Madge was also the eldest son Victor.

    The family lived in a working class area of Sheffield, the children went to the local secondary school. Approval of the Cocker, in the childhood at it was severely affected by the singer ray Charles, in which young Joe developed his own technique of singing that would become a hallmark of the artist.

    First debut on stage for Joe Cocker took place in 12 years, when the elder brother Victor invited him to take part in the concert own skiffle group. After 2 years Joe collects his first band «the Cavaliers» and speaks of it in the city clubs and parties. The team lasted only a year.

    Due to the current difficult financial situation, 15-year-old Joe throws a school and gets a job as an assistant electrician. In parallel, he acts in pubs and clubs with a new band «The Avengers», playing songs by Chuck berry and ray Charles. In 1963, the band performed as the opening act for the famous «Rolling Stones» on the stage of Sheffield city hall.

    The following year, Joe Cocker is coming to London to the recording Studio with Decca, and on the own funds recorded the song «I’ll Cry Instead» from the repertoire of The Beatles. The single was a grandiose failure. Income from recording was 70 pence!

    In 1966, the singer gathered a new team of «Grease Band» and chooses a different musical direction. The group sang African-American rhythm-and-Blues and soul music, touring across the North of England.


    In 1968 Joe Cocker records the single «Marjorine», which already has some success. Here is recorded a cover version of The Beatles hit «With a Little Help from My Friends», which instantly takes the top spot in the UK charts, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and also falls in the top ten in many European countries. In the same year, the singer released the album «With a Little Help from My Friends», which gets in the charts in the UK, Germany and the United States. In addition to these songs becomes a hit and a cover version of the song by dev Mason’s «Feeling Alright».

    On the wave of success the band went on an extensive tour that includes not only Europe, but America. In August 1969, Joe Cocker became a star of the festival in Woodstock.

    In 1969 a new album called «Joe Cocker!» repeated the success of the debut album. The best songs of this album are considered «Delta Lady», «Something» and «She Came In Through the Bathroom Window».

    Later the popularity of Joe Cocker in the home country falls, but he became one of the iconic figures of the musical generation of 70-ies in the United States. During this period the bulk of its repertoire consists of cover versions of songs by other musicians. However, Studio albums released pretty regularly. The biggest hits of the 70s in the performance of steel Cocker «High Time We Went», «Cry Me a River», «Midnight Rider», «it’s a Sin When You Love Somebody)» and «You Are So Beautiful». The last two songs reached 5 place in the American hit parade.

    80s began for Joe Cocker is quite difficult. He was a 4-year break in recording, associated with the problems of alcohol and drugs. The 1982 album «Sheffield Steel» was adopted cool. But in November of that year, Cocker duet with Jennifer Warnes released the song «Up Where We Belong», which returns it to the musical Olympus. The single is becoming popular around the world and in the United States becomes a # 1 hit. In addition, the song sounded in the movie «an officer and a gentleman» and as the soundtrack has won the award «Oscar» and «Grammy».

    Later Joe Cocker has recorded such famous songs as «Have a Little Faith in Me», «Unchain My Heart», «Summer in the City», «don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood», «What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted», «love will Tear Us Apart» and «Every Kind of People».

    Their latest album the singer has recorded in 2012. It was called «Fire It Up» and became Joe Cocker 22 in a row Studio full-length disc.

    Personal life

    In 1963, while still an unknown musician, Joe Cocker met Ellin Webster, whom he married in the same year. The couple lived together for 13 years, but after the musician became dependent on alcohol Ellyn, filed for divorce.

    Within 2 years Coker was alone. But in 1978 the house of his girlfriend Jane Fonda, located in Santa Barbara, Joe met with the Director of children’s camp pam Baker. They dated for 9 years, and in October 1987, signed. Pam not only helped her husband to get rid of alcohol and drug dependency, but convinced to go back to work.

    Neither of the first nor of second wife from Joe Cocker was not native children. But in PES from the first marriage left a daughter Zoe, for whom the musician was a good stepfather.


    After an active musical career, Joe Cocker and pam Baker settled in the town of Crawford, which is located in the state of Colorado. They opened a small family cafe with adjoining bakery and several small shops.

    The last few years, the singer was very ill. He developed liver cirrhosis and was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs. In the fall of 2014, it became known that his health is steadily unsatisfactory. Joe Cocker died 22 December 2014 at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.


    • 1969 — With a Little Help from My Friends
    • 1969 — Joe Cocker!
    • 1974 — I Can Stand a Little Rain
    • 1975 — Jamaica Say You Will
    • 1976 — Stingray
    • 1987 — Unchain My Heart
    • 1991 — Night Calls
    • 1994 — Have a Little Faith
    • 2007 — Hymn for My Soul
    • 2012 — Fire It Up


    Joe Cocker

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