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Joe Cocker, né John Robert Cocker le 20 mai 1944, est un chanteur de rock anglais et de blues.

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Joe Cocker (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs.

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Il est né le 20 mai 1944 à Sheffield en Angleterre sous le nom de John Robert Cocker qui deviendra Joe Cocker. Il débute sa carrière musicale dans sa ville natale, où il participa à plusieurs groupes dès l’âge de quinze ans. Le premier était The Avengers, sous le nom de scène de Vance Arnold, puis Big Blues (1963), et enfin The Grease Band (1966).
En 1969, il apparaît au programme télévisé américain The Ed Sullivan Show.

Son premier tube est la chanson « With a Little Help from My Friends » (1968), une reprise blues d’une chanson des Beatles, extraite de l’album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. L’année suivante, il participe au festival de Woodstock.

Durant l’été 1970, il entreprend une tournée de concerts à travers les États-Unis avec Léon Russel et plus de quarante personnes sur scene. Cela donnera naissance au double album live « Mad dogs and englishmen« . Cette tournée laissera au chanteur un regard teinté d’amertume quant à la mentalité douteuse de certains de ses proches collaborateurs.

Au début des années 1970, Joe Cocker rencontre des problèmes de drogue et d’alcool qui ont une influence négative sur sa carrière musicale : il restera très populaire aux États-Unis mais pas au Royaume-Uni. Après une cure de désintoxication entre 1980 et 1982, il renoue avec le succès dans les années 1980 et 90 avec plusieurs tubes et duos (Eros Ramazzotti) :
Up Where We Belong, (Chanson écrite par Will Jennings, chantée avec Jennifer Warnes pour le film An Officer And A Gentleman et qui remporta un Academy Award)
You are So Beautiful
When The Night Comes
Unchain my heart
N’oubliez Jamais (Catherine Deneuve joue dans le clip de cette chanson)

En 2004, il sort Heart and Soul avec une reprise de la chanson Jealous Guy de John Lennon, ce qui montre qu’il a toujours été influencé par les Beatles.

Grâce à sa gestuelle unique, il reste un des plus grand chanteur de rock du XXème et XXIème siécle.

Discographie

With a Little Help from My Friends (1969)
Joe Cocker! (1969)
Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1970)
Joe Cocker (1972)
I Can Stand A Little Rain (1974)
Jamaica Say You Will (1975)
Stingray (1976)
Greatest Hits (1977)
Luxury You Can Afford (1978)
Sheffield Steel (1982)
Civilized Man (1984)
Cocker (1986)
Unchain My Heart (1987)
One Night Of Sin (1989)
Joe Cocker Live (1990)
Night Calls (1992)
The Best Of Joe Cocker (1993)
Have A Little Faith (1994)
The Long Voyage Home (1995)
Organic (1996)
Across From Midnight (1997)
Greatest Hits (1998)
No Ordinary World (1999)
Respect Yourself (2002)
Heart & Soul (2004)
Hymn For My Soul (2007)

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Cocker was born John Robert Cocker at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield, the youngest son of a civil servant. He left school early and became an apprentice gas fitter. In 1961, he started his musical career in the pubs of Sheffield.

Under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker sang with his band Vance Arnold and the Avengers. In 1963 the band supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall. In 1964 Cocker brought out his first single, a cover of The Beatles’ « I’ll Cry Instead » with a new band, Joe Cocker Big Blues. This band ventured as far as France, where they played on American air bases. After a lull, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton, to form The Grease Band, in 1966. They were noticed by Denny Cordell, the producer of Procol Harum, The Moody Blues and Georgie Fame. Cordell set Cocker up with a residency at The Marquee Club in London.

After minor success in the U.S. with the single « Marjorine », he entered the big time with a groundbreaking rearrangement of « With a Little Help from My Friends, » another Beatles cover, this time from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, featuring lead guitar from Jimmy Page.
In 1969 he appeared at the Woodstock Music Festival. His performance included the following songs:
« Delta Lady »
« Some Things Goin’ On »
« Let’s Go Get Stoned »
« I Shall Be Released »
« With a Little Help from My Friends »

Cocker then had a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, « Delta Lady ». He had further success covering Beatles tunes in 1970 with his version of « She Came in Through the Bathroom Window » off their Abbey Road album. Though his British success proved difficult to sustain, he enjoyed several chart entries in the U.S. with « Cry Me a River » and « Feelin’ Alright » by Dave Mason. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops’ hit « The Letter », which appeared on the live album, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, became his first U.S. Top Ten hit.

In 1969 he was featured on The Ed Sullivan Show. Onstage, he exhibited an idiosyncratic physical intensity, flailing his arms around and playing an air guitar, occasionally giving superfluous cues to his band. In 1976, Cocker performed « Feelin’ Alright » on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him on stage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker’s stage movements.

In the beginning of 1970s the « Sheffield Soul Shouter » had problems with drug abuse including alcohol. He managed to make a comeback in the 1980s and 1990s with several hits, including:
« Up Where We Belong », (Grammy Award winning song written by Buffy Sainte-Marie and sung with Jennifer Warnes for the motion picture, An Officer and a Gentleman)
« You Are So Beautiful »
« You Can Leave Your Hat On »
« When The Night Comes »
« Different Roads » written by Steve DuBerry
« N’oubliez Jamais »
« Unchain My Heart »
« Feels Like Forever » from the movie, The Cutting Edge

Cocker performed the opening set at Woodstock ’94 as one of the few alumni who played at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, and was very well received. He continues to tour sporadically, and currently lives on the Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado, with his wife, Pam. Cocker was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours list for services to music.
To celebrate receiving his award in mid-December 2007, he will be playing two high profile concerts in London and his home town of Sheffield.

In 2007, Cocker appeared playing minor characters in the film, Across the Universe, as the lead singer on The Beatles hit song, « Come Together ».

Discography

Albums

With a Little Help from My Friends (1969)
Joe Cocker! (1969)
Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1970)
Cocker Happy (1971) (Australian compilation release, 1971)
Double Cocker Power (Australian release, 1972)
Joe Cocker: Something to Say (also known as just Joe Cocker) (1972)
I Can Stand a Little Rain (1974)
Jamaica Say You Will (1975)
Stingray (1976)
Greatest Hits (1977)
Luxury You Can Afford (1979)
Sheffield Steel (1982)
The Best of Joe Cocker (1983 – Australia / NZ only)
Civilized Man (1984)
Cocker (1986)
Unchain My Heart (1987)
One Night of Sin (1989)
Joe Cocker Live (1991)
Night Calls (1992)
The Best of Joe Cocker (1993)
Have a Little Faith (1994)
The Long Voyage Home (1995)
Organic (1996)
Across from Midnight (1997)
Greatest Hits (1998)
The Anthology (1999)
No Ordinary World (2000)
Respect Yourself (2002)
Ultimate Collection (2004)
Heart & Soul (2004)
Hymn for My Soul (2007)
Come Together (album) Across the Universe Motion Picture Soundtrack (2007)

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