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After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends." His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969. A second British hit came with a version of Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" in the fall of 1969 (by then, Russell was Cocker's musical director) and both of his albums, With a Little Help from My Friends (April 1969) and Joe Cocker! (November 1969), went gold in America. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops hit "The Letter" became his first U.S. Top Ten. Cocker's first peak of success came when Russell organized the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of 1970, featuring Cocker and over 40 others and resulting in a third gold album and a concert film. Subsequent efforts were less popular, and problems with alcohol (both on- and off-stage) reduced Cocker's once-powerful voice to a croaking rasp. Cocker returned to the U.S. Top Ten in 1975, with the romantic ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and topped the charts in 1982 via a duet with Jennifer Warnes on "Up Where We Belong" (the theme from the film An Officer and a Gentleman). He still charted during the '90s, albeit with less frequency than he did in the '70s and '80s. Across from Midnight arrived in 1997, followed by No Ordinary World two years later. Respect Yourself appeared in 2002, and the covers album Heart & Soul followed in 2004. The European release Hymn for My Soul, which featured cover versions of songs by Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and John Fogerty, was issued on Parlophone in 2007. His complete Live at Woodstock performance was released in 2009. In 2010, Hard Knocks -- his first studio album in three years -- appeared in Europe. Cocker's 23rd studio album, Fire It Up, was issued in November 2012 on Sony. It was produced by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Collective Soul, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and numerous others. Slightly over two years later, however, on December 22, 2014, he succumbed to lung cancer. ~ Cub Koda & William Ruhlmann
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Albums by
Joe Cocker

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    10 songs

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    Legends Live In Concert Vol. 25, Part 1

    14 songs

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    Fire It Up

    10 songs

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    Hymn for My Soul

    11 songs

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    Hard Knocks

    19 songs

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    Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    10 songs

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    Hymn for My Soul

    13 songs

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    Heart & Soul [US Bonus Track]

    14 songs

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    Sheffield Steel [Bonus Tracks]

    11 songs

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    Respect Yourself

    14 songs

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    No Ordinary World

    12 songs

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    Joe Cocker!

    11 songs

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    Luxury You Can Afford

    12 songs

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    Across from Midnight

    14 songs

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    Organic

    12 songs

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    Have a Little Faith

    12 songs

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    With a Little Help from My Friends

    10 songs

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    Sheffield Steel

    10 songs

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    Cocker

    12 songs

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    One Night of Sin

    10 songs

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    Civilized Man

    10 songs

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    I Can Stand a Little Rain

    9 songs

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    Joe Cocker [A&M]

    19 songs

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    Joe Cocker: Classic Hits

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    Unchain My Heart

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Top Songs by
Joe Cocker

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    Popularity
  2.   With a Little Help from My Friends
  3.   Up Where We Belong
  4.   Feelin' Alright
  5.   The Letter
  6.   You Are So Beautiful
  7.   She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
  8.   Delta Lady
  9.   Cry Me a River
  10.   When the Night Comes
  11.   Midnight Rider
  12.   Love Is Alive
  13.   Woman to Woman
  14.   Bye Bye Blackbird
  15.   Just Like a Woman
  16.   Girl From the North Country
  17.   Something
  18.   I'll Cry Instead
  19.   You Can Leave Your Hat On
  20.   Unchain My Heart
  21.   Come Together
  22.   With a Little Help From Friends
  23.   Dixie Lullaby (Set 2) by Leon Russell
  24.   Unchain My Heart (90s Version)
  25.   Blue Medley
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Joe Cocker

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    Woodstock Diaries

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    Classic Rock Deep Dive

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    Echoes - Classic Rockers Remembered

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    66 Best Songs from Movies and TV

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    Jimi Hendrix: DNA

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    Fleetwood Mac: DNA

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    Burn One Down

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    Covered: The Beatles

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    101 Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

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    '60s Hits

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    '60s Rock

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    The Who: DNA

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    '80s #1 Hits