Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker had a voice that could be recognized immediately, and he had one of the greatest rock and roll screams in the business.

John Robert Cocker was born on May 20, 1944

Cocker started his musical career with the aid of his brother, Victor. Victor had a band, the Headliners, and Joe sang with them. He later played drums in Victor’s group, the Cavaliers

In 1968 he really broke out with his version of “With a Little Help From My Friends”.   In 1969 he appeared at Woodstock.

He had an up and down career, struggled with drugs and alcohol, but managed to put out some great hits, like “You are so Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong”.   My favorite is “When the Night Comes”.

Joe died on December 22, 2014 of lung cancer.


The DVD video in the right hand column is a film of Joe Cocker getting a little help from his friends on a tour in 1970.  Concert footage was filmed in at tje Filmore East amd tje Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  His friends include Leon Russell and a very young and hot looking Rita Coolidge.