Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved (LIVE) HD

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Recorded live in 1996 at the magical and historical setting of the Waldbuhne (‘Stage in the Woods’) – the legendary Joe Cocker and his band perform 17 tracks – his greatest hits including ‘Summer In The City’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, ‘Unchain My Heart’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, along with a couple of selections from his latest albums Organic- Into The Mystic (1996) N’Oubliez Jamais (1997) and  Across From Midnight (1997) to a sell-out audience.

The audio in this is excellent, put your head phones on or turn up the surround sound!

Thanks to all the U Tube users you get to watch Joe, that night might have just been his best performance and the band was really tight!  Will see as time goes by and Joe still packs them in!

 

That was written 3 years ago and just yesterday (12/21/14)  I was updating all this and hear today that Joe passed away last night on his Colorado estate from lung cancer.  The man once again headed to the top of the music industry, last year he broke all his own records in arenas across Europe.  A statement from his agent, “It is with the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night.  He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain and remained the same man throughout his life,” Marshall wrote in a statement shared by BBC.  Wow! this man was so love by so many around the world.  Yeah, Could You Be Loved? and be loved?  There is no question Joe you are that man.

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Always Enjoy The Show  (I think Joe would agree and R.I.P. Mate you will be deeply missed, your music will remain timeless)

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Joe Cocker – Feelin’ Alright

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Robert “Joe” CockerOBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues musician, composer and actor who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, his idiosyncratic arm movements while performing, and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his song “Up Where We Belong”, a duet which he performed with Jennifer Warnes. He was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers list.

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Joe Cocker – Have A Little Faith In Me (Live in Berlin, Across From Midnight Tour) HD

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Early life:

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Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, CrookesSheffield, England. He is the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker, and Madge Cocker. According to different family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a childhood game called “Cowboy Joe” or from a neighbourhood window cleaner named Joe.

Cocker’s main musical influences growing up where Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker’s first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers.

For the group’s first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while he pursued a career in music.

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Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong

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Fr Wikipedia: Early career (1961–1966)

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In 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley’s character in Jailhouse Rock, (which Cocker misheard as Vance) and

The group mostly played in the pubs of Sheffield, performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles songs. In 1963 they booked their first significant gig when they supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall.

In 1964 Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles’ “I’ll Cry Instead” (with Jimmy Page playing backup guitar). Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of 1964.

After Cocker recorded the single, he dropped his stage name and formed a new group, Joe Cocker’s Big Blues. There is only one known recording of Joe Cocker’s and Big Blues on an EP given out by Sheffield College during Rag Week and called Rag Goes Mad at the Mojo. It contained a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “I’ve Been Trying” and a track of “Saved”

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Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On (LIVE in Berlin) HD

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The Grease Band (1966–1969)

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In 1966, after a year-long hiatus from music, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton, whom he had met several years before, to form the Grease Band. The Grease Band was named after Cocker read an interview with jazz musician Jimmy Smith, where Smith described another musician as “having a lot of grease”.

Like the Avengers, Cocker’s group mostly played in pubs in and around Sheffield. The Grease Band came to the attention of Denny Cordell, the producer of Procol Harumthe Moody Blues and Georgie Fame. Cocker recorded the single “Marjorine” without the Grease Band for Cordell in a London studio. He then moved to London with Chris Stainton, and the Grease Band was dissolved.

Cordell set Cocker up with a residency at the Marquee Club in London, and a “new” Grease Band was formed with Stainton and keyboardist Tommy Eyre.

After minor success in the US with the single “Marjorine”, Cocker entered the big time with a groundbreaking rearrangement of “With a Little Help from My Friends“, another Beatles cover, which was later used as the opening theme for The Wonder Years.

The recording features lead guitar from Jimmy Page, drumming by BJ Wilson, backing vocals from Sue and Sunny, and Tommy Eyre on organ. The single made the Top Ten on the British charts, remaining there for thirteen weeks and eventually reaching number on It also reached number 68 on the US charts.

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Joe Cocker – When The Night Comes

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The Grease Band (1966–1969) Continued:

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The new touring line-up of Cocker’s Grease Band featured Henry McCullough on lead guitar, who would go on to briefly play with McCartney’s Wings. After touring the UK with the Who in autumn 1968 and Gene Pitney and Marmalade in early Winter 1969, the Grease Band embarked on their first tour of the US in spring 1969. Cocker’s album With A Little Help from my Friends was released soon after their arrival and made number 35 on the American charts, eventually going gold.

During his US tour, Cocker played at several large festivals, including the Newport Rock Festival and the Denver Pop Festival. In August, Denny Cordell heard about the planned concert in Woodstock, New York and convinced organizer Artie Kornfeld to book Cocker and the Grease Band for the Woodstock Festival. The group had to be flown into the festival by helicopter due to the large crowds. They performed several songs, including “Delta Lady”, “Something’s Comin’ On”, “Let’s Go Get Stoned, “I Shall Be Released“, and “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Cocker would later say that the experience was “like an eclipse… it was a very special day.”

Directly after Woodstock, Cocker released his second album, Joe Cocker!  Impressed by his cover of “With A Little Help From my Friends”, Paul McCartney and George Harrison allowed Cocker to use their songs She Came in Through the Bathroom Window and Something for the album. Recorded during a break in touring in the spring and summer, the album reached number 11 on the US charts and garnered a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, “Delta Lady”.

Throughout 1969 he was featured on variety TV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show and This Is Tom Jones. Onstage, he exhibited an idiosyncratic physical intensity, flailing his arms and playing air guitar, occasionally giving superfluous cues to his ba  At the end of the year Cocker was unwilling to embark on another US tour, so he dissolved the Grease Band.

This is the song, lets hear that gritty yell!

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Joe Cocker – N’Oubliez Jamais

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1969–1971)

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Despite Cocker’s reluctance to venture out on the road again, an American tour had already been booked so he had to quickly form a new band in order to fulfil his contractual obligations. It proved to be a large group of more than 30 musicians, including pianist and bandleader Leon Russell, three drummers, and backing vocalists Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear. The new band was christened Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Denny Cordell after the Noël Coward song of the same name. His music at this time evolved into a more bluesy type of rock, often compared to that of The Rolling Stones.

During the ensuing Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour (later described by drummer Jim Keltner as “a big, wild party”), Cocker toured 48 cities, recorded a live album, and received very positive reviews from Time and Life for his performances. However, the pace of the tour was exhausting. Russell and Cocker had personal problems and Cocker became depressed and began drinking excessively as the tour wound down in May 1970. Meanwhile, he enjoyed several chart entries in the US with Cry Me a River and Feelin’ Alright by Dave Mason. His cover of the Box Tops hit The Letter“, which appeared on the live album and film, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, became his first US Top Ten hit.

After spending several months in Los Angeles, Cocker returned home to Sheffield where his family became increasingly concerned with his deteriorating physical and mental health. In the summer of 1971 the A&M Records single release appeared in the US of “High Time We Went”. This became a hit, reaching number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, but was not issued on an album until November 1972 on the Joe Cocker album.

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Joe Cocker – Summer In The City

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On the road (1972–1982)

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In early 1972, after nearly two years away from music, Cocker went on tour with a group that Chris Stainton had formed. He opened with a performance in Madison Square Garden which was attended by about 20,000 people. After touring the US, he embarked on a European tour where he played to large audiences in Milan and Germany. He then returned to the US for another tour in autumn 1972. During these tours the group cut the songs that would be part of his newest album, Joe Cocker. A mixture of live songs and studio recordings, the album peaked at number 30 on the US charts.

In October 1972, when Cocker toured Australia, he and six members of his entourage were arrested in Adelaide by police for possession of marijuana. The next day in Melbourne, assault charges were laid after a brawl at the Commodore Chateau Hotel, and Cocker was given 48 hours to leave the country by the Australian Federal Police.

This caused huge public outcry in Australia, as Cocker was a high-profile overseas artist and had a strong support base, especially amongst the baby boomers who were coming of age and able to vote for the first time. It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia and gained Cocker the nickname of “the Mad Dog”.

Shortly after the Australian tour, Stainton retired from his music career to establish his own recording studio. After his friend’s departure and estrangement from longtime producer Denny Cordell, Cocker sank into depression and began using heroin. In June 1973 he kicked the habit, but continued to drink heavily.

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Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful (Live at Montreux 1987)

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On the road (1972–1982) Continued

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At the end of 1973, Cocker returned to the studio to record a new album, I Can Stand A Little Rain. The album, released in August 1974, was number 11 on the US charts and one single, a cover of Billy Preston‘s You Are So Beautiful, reached the number 5 slot. Despite positive reviews for the album, Cocker struggled with live performances, largely due to his problems with alcohol.

In January 1975, he released a second album that had been recorded at the same time as I Can Stand a Little RainJamaica Say You Will. To promote his new album, Cocker embarked on another tour of Australia, made possible by the country’s new Labor government. In late 1975, he contributed vocals on a number of the tracks on Bo Diddley‘s The 20th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll all-star album. He also recorded a new album in a Kingston, Jamaica studio, Stingray. However, record sales were disappointing; the album reached only number 70 on the US charts.

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Joe Cocker – Into The Mystic

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On the road (1972–1982) Continued

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In 1976, Cocker performed “Feelin’ Alright” on Saturday Night LiveJohn Belushi  joined him on stage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker’s stage movements. At the time, Cocker was $800,000 in debt to A&M Records and struggling with alcoholism.

Several months later, he met producer Michael Lang, who agreed to manage him on the condition that he stay sober. With a new band, Cocker embarked on a tour of New Zealand, Australia, and South America. He then recorded a new album with session work by Steve Gadd and Chuck Rainey, and a new, young bassist from Scotland, Rob Hartley. Hartley also toured briefly with Cocker’s friends in 1977. In the autumn of 1978, he went on a North American tour promoting his album, Luxury You Can Afford. Despite this effort, it received mixed reviews and only sold around 300,000 copies.

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