Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday Night at The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker, who passed away recently, was known for his passionate covers, especially of The Beatles. His career was boosted by his famous performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" at Woodstock. Shown above, Cocker performed the song at the Queen's Golden Jubilee, Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2002. One reviewer wrote that he sang with an "undimmed, soulful intensity." Paul McCartney said of Cocker's rendition, "It was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem, and I was forever grateful for him for having done that.” I recommend listening to a tribute to Joe Cocker on the St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Michael Mand.

1 comment:

Michael J. Mand said...

In addition to his unique interpretations - perhaps the greatest male interpretor of our generation - Joe Cocker earned his reputation as being the best air guitarist ever. I understand that he wasn't as appreciative of the multitude of "impersonators" as he matured as an artist. Still, I think that John Belushi's immitation - perhaps the most famous - on SNL was an act of amiration and respect. Here is a link I found:

But there was so much more to the career of Hoe Cocker than that, as I tried to show on SJI. Thanks for the plug.