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Due to the songwriting efforts of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, it became important that true rock “artists” write their own material. Yet, what to make of a singer who could interpret the works of Bob Dylan and the Beatles and make it just as artistically intense? Look no further than the early work of Joe Cocker, who had his first hit in 1968 with a soulful run-through of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” (a song, keep in mind, that had been written as the throwaway for Ringo on Sgt. Pepper’s) and whose first album contained two exemplary Dylan covers (“Just Like a Woman,” “I Shall Be Released”). Cocker’s interpretations are strong, insightful and well-nuanced, the perfect showcase for a raspy voice that carries the weight of experience in its well-worn croak. The Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is delivered as a nightclub slowburner, which, like all tracks here, is supported by a stellar blend of guitar and organ. As for writing his own material, Cocker, with the aid of Chris Stainton came up with “Change in Louise” and “Sandpaper Cadillac,” two strong mood pieces that are augmented in the expanded edition of the album with two more strong, worthy originals, “The New Age of Lily” and “Something’s Coming On.”

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i love this!

with a little help from my friends is amazing! i love it! it was also the theme song for the wonder years

Mr. Joe Cocker

hey kiddies,I was there and Jimmy Page is playing lead on Bye Bye Blackbird.I saw Joe at the Filmore east at least six times and he was spectacular. Far and away the best.

Got Soul?

Powerful album. Admittedly I don't know much about the guy, and was introduced as most from my generation were by none other than "The Wonder Years", but its a great joy to listen to each of these tracks.


Born: May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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