Joe Cocker

Joe CockerOne of rock and roll’s enduring performers, Cocker has survived the sixties, a low period in the seventies, made a comeback in the eighties, and continues to be a solid and consistent performer in the nineties and on into the 21st century.  Known for his gutsy, gravelly, vocal style, Joe started out in Sheffield in the mid sixties, working as a gas plumber by day and performing in the clubs of the area by night.  The perfect life.  Cocker writes very little of his own material, plays no instruments, and finds himself completely at the mercy of whatever producer and backing musicians he lands with.  The lot of plumbers everywhere.  His major hits were With a Little Help From My Friends, Up Where We Belong and Unchain My Heart.  Joe’s mum Marjorie, God bless her, once said, "When Joe left school at 16, I thought he was going to take up plumbing as a career.  I even got him a lot of books on the subject, and he was interested in plumbing for a time, but there was always the music.  That was what he wanted to do."

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