JOE COCKER R.I.P. 1944-2014

December 23, 2014 – 6:36 am

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, passed away on December 22, 2014 in Crawford, Colorado after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. He was 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker was “simply unique”. Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who “brought so much to the world”. Cocker’s friend, Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends “sensational” and said: “He had a voice that was just unique.” Wakeman told BBC Radio 2: “The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years.” Other musicians to have paid tribute to Cocker include Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who tweeted: “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker.”

Known for his gritty voice, Cocker - a former gas fitter - began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time. He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in 1968. He performed the song at Woodstock in New York state a year later. - BBC

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Fillmore West 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA; April 26, 1970. Very good soundboard.

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Track 01. Cry Me A River 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 02. The Weight 5:57 (10.0MB)
Track 03. Sticks And Stones 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 04. Something 5:52 (9.9MB)
Track 05. Space Captain 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 06. Let It Be (Claudia Linnear vocals) 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 07. The Letter 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 08. Further On Up The Road 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 09. Darling, Be Home Soon 5:13 (8.8MB)
Track 10. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 11. Feelin’ Alright 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 12. Delta Lady 4:44 (7.9MB)
Track 13. I’ll Drown In My Own Tears/When Something Is Wrong With My Baby 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 14. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long/I’ll Drown In My Own Tears (reprise) 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 15. With A Little Help From My Friends 8:50 (14.9MB)
79 mins

Joe Cocker - vocals
Leon Russell - guitar, piano
Don Preston - guitar, background vocals
Chris Stainton - piano, organ
Carl Radle - bass
Chuck Blackwell - drums, percussion
Jim Gordon - drums
Jim Keltner - drums
Bobby Keys - tenor saxophone
Jim Price - trumpet
Bobby Torres - congas
Sandy Konikoff - percussion
Rita Coolidge - vocals
Claudia Linnear - vocals
Daniel Moore - vocals
Donna Wiess - vocals
Pamela Polland - vocals
Matthew Moore - vocals
Donna Washburn - vocals
Nicole Barclay - vocals
Bobby Jones - vocals

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  1. 66 Responses to “JOE COCKER R.I.P. 1944-2014”

  2. GOD BLESS YOU JOE….from Argentina

    By caton3 on Dec 23, 2014

  3. Saw Joe Cocker at Woodstock. He will be missed. Thanks Big O worldwide. Condolences, to his family and friends.

    By Ron M on Dec 23, 2014

  4. thanks big o been playing nothing but Joe`s first two records here all day.
    A fave is Bye Bye Blackbird from his “With a Little Help From My Friends” lp the only reason I bought this brand new back in 68/69 was because Jimmy Page Matthew Fisher and Stevie winwood were on the lp, I didn`t know who Joe Cocker was. Love Jimmy`s guitar solo on this particular song.

    By sluggo on Dec 23, 2014

  5. one of my favourites from the original Mad Dogs and Englishman double lp was the combined voices of Joe and Leon Russell on Bob Dylan`s Girl from the North Country .
    Later on I was lucky enough to score one of the hip o select releases of the Complete filmore Concerts featuring 6 shows. Who can ever forget the first[for most of us]time we saw Joe perform from a talent.

    By sluggo on Dec 23, 2014

  6. Thanks! I’ve had Joe’s music stuck in my head ever since I heard the sad news.

    By Bill on Dec 23, 2014

  7. I was a bit of a late comer to Cocker. Hated MDs&Eng as a kid. Picked up 90s disc Joe Cocker Live at a junk store several years ago and just loved it. Been a huge fan since. RIP! Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C on Dec 23, 2014

  8. r.i.p. joe cocker. im not sure who the band is here.

    By barth on Dec 23, 2014

  9. Love you, Joe Cocker. Thank you for the decades of great music. RIP.

    By Paul on Dec 23, 2014

  10. Was at this show (also Van Morrison around Moondance and The Stoneman Family………what a great bill…….Bill Graham that is.

    By Russ on Dec 23, 2014

  11. 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”. [Wikipedia] joe you rocked

    By the duke on Dec 23, 2014

  12. Thanks for Joe live at the fIllmore. Great to hear some of these songs again.

    By shadreck on Dec 23, 2014

  13. What a great human being! Met him in the late ’70s in Berlin.
    Joe we will love you forever!

    By angelpop on Dec 23, 2014

  14. lovely comments! We will miss you Joe!
    Loved MD&E when it came out it was a feature on all our turntables!
    Just playing ‘Dear Landlord’ REALLY LOUD!
    Thanks Big O - it helps!

    By swappers on Dec 23, 2014

  15. R.I.P. Joe.

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Dec 23, 2014

  16. I have noticed that most media outlets say “best known for the song ‘love lift us up where we belong’”, while music fan sites like this one say he is most well known for his version of ‘with a little help from my friends.

    Thank God for the fan sites that remember him for more than just that one horrible ballad.

    Joe was a true original and will be missed.

    By Cocker Joe on Dec 23, 2014

  17. do I still figure in your life
    sandpaper cadillac
    don`t let me be misunderstood

    By sluggo on Dec 23, 2014

  18. Some wonderful comments here, folks.

    Joe was one of those guys who truly made a song his own. “With A Little Help From My Friends” always comes to mind, but I’ve always dug his version of “The Letter.”

    Thanks for sharing this one, Big O.

    RIP, Mr. Cocker.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 23, 2014

  19. The thought of Joe and Janis jamming away over the rainbow bridge. What a mind blower. RIP

    By ND on Dec 23, 2014

  20. This Joe Cocker show is a worthwile addition to my collection of fine live recordings from you guys! Thank YOU! I wish you a Happy X-Mas and all the best for 2015. Keep the home fire burning!
    Cheers Tony

    PS. Met Joe once maybe ten years ago. I’ve interviewed him for a swiss newspaper. That was great fun. And my only trip to the Grand Hotel Dolder in Zürich where Joe stayed for a night.

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 23, 2014

  21. Hi Ron M
    I am part of a group called the “Woodstock Project,” which is attempting to put together recordings of the complete festival. Did you happen to RECORD any of Woodstock, by any act?

    By Paul Newton on Dec 23, 2014

  22. So sad …

    By Claude Defer (from France) on Dec 23, 2014

  23. Loved him ever since I saw the Mad Dogs film in a cinema and ran away from home to see him at the Great Western Festival in Lincoln UK in 1972. At least he left a great legacy of albums. RIP Joe.

    By MuddiUK on Dec 24, 2014

  24. “Do ya need anybody”….
    we need you Joe. R.I.P.

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 24, 2014

  25. RIP Joe, One of the early concerts (15 years old)I attended in my youth was the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour” in 1970 at the Long Beach Arena, CA. and 2 years later I saw him as Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and then I caught Leon Russel shortly after that where he recorded the 3 LP set; ‘Leon Live’. What a great time to see, feel, and experience music!! Pamela Poland was one of the featured background singers and I had a complete crush on her after that MD&E show. I used to hear my folks play “Cry Me A River” by Julie London at my house, but it never sounded this good!! RIP Joe and keep on rockin’ Man, what a show they must be having right now!!

    By htrad on Dec 24, 2014

  26. here you go “htrad”

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 24, 2014

  27. Thanks for this excellent post, Big O! And so timely as it also features the great Bobby Keys on sax. I can see him jamming away behind Joe and Janis on some slow-burning R&B/blues classics…

    Man, tracks 13/14 really tear me up. (:_;)

    By golgo hakase on Dec 24, 2014

  28. The officially released Mad Dogs & Englishmen shows are from March 27th & 28th, 1970 at Fillmore East. I have never heard any other shows from this tour so thanks so much for this! Bill Graham’s fingerprints are all over this. Thanks, Big O.

    By Adam Dean on Dec 24, 2014

  29. Joe Cocker headlined this show. The opener was Van Morrison! What a great line up Bill Graham put together for the night of 4/26/70 at The Fillmore West. Gig poster is at

    By IvoryEightyEights on Dec 24, 2014

  30. That’s a tribute? - “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker”. It must have taken you all of 20 seconds, Ringo.
    Joe Cocker was to play at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, in the late 1970s, and as a reporter on the Newcastle Sun I went down to the soundcheck in the afternoon to get a few words from Joe. The band was rehearsing but no Joe, who I was told was eating in the Great Northern Hotel. I went up there and found him hunting around in the lobby for his shoes. He had obviously enjoyed a few drinks. Joe returned to the hotel restaurant and crawled around under the tables in quest of the shoes. Diners tried to ignore the tiddly rock star poking around their feet I gave him a lift back to his nearby hotel and, a few hours later that evening, he walked in, barefooted, through the patrons in the Civic Theatre main entrance for the concert. I don’t remember a lot of details at this distance in time except that it was a fine show, with Nicky Hopkins in particular catching the ear.
    Excellent Cocker album - “Something to Say”. Thanks, Joe.

    By Christopher Maddock on Dec 24, 2014

  31. Great to have this, thank you!

    By MrBill on Dec 24, 2014

  32. RIP Joe Cocker. My favorite Joe Moment - Saturday Night Live with Joe & John Belushi. The great Belushi did a better Joe Cocker than Joe Cocker! Thanks, BigO…

    By TDC on Dec 24, 2014

  33. Some people sit in their chairs to listen to music, and if especially moved, tap their toes. Joe Cocker got up and tapped into his whole body! It gave us permission to do the same, let loose and have some fun this holiday season, all of you!

    By Job Hunter on Dec 24, 2014

  34. Most people only know Joe`s performance of” A Little Help” from woodstock while the whole set is really worthwhile if you get a chance watch it or listen to it.

    By sluggo on Dec 24, 2014

  35. great advice JH…

    especially coming from you in this time of need…you have a great attitude & spirit…!!!

    hope things are going your way & looking up…?

    have a Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones…

    By Jerry's Finger on Dec 24, 2014

  36. What Jerry’s Finger said JH.
    We all on here who have got to know something of what you’re going through send all our very best wishes to you n yours and wish you all the very best for everything in the coming year

    We’ll all let loose and boogie our asses off if it helps!

    By swappers on Dec 24, 2014

  37. Best Wishes and Good Health to Job Hunter. Just got the port out, will raise a glass to you.

    Best Wishes to all who appreciate the music, whatever the flavour.

    Best Wishes to Big O for satisfying our appetites year after year.

    Best Wishes to those who make the music, and who we will be copying over the next few days while we play Air Guitar as we enjoy another Xmas and New Year.
    (My personal favourite is the Hendrix Stratocaster Air Signature with Invisible Marshall stack - can’t beat that clean overdriven tone. Of course, I’m right-handed so I play it the right way up.)

    Ladies and Gentlemen……Let’s Rock.

    By Eric Calpton on Dec 25, 2014

  38. Thanks much Bigo. A singular talent. Watched the Woodstock video last year, and Joe Cocker was really one of the highlights after all these years. RIP.

    By Hudson Valley Slim on Dec 25, 2014

  39. PS - Got a hankering for rock & roll/ R&B horn bands. White Trash, War, the Flock… Any gems along these lines?

    By Hudson Valley Slim on Dec 25, 2014

  40. Such a great and humble performer he was.

    Not a “sad loss” - just a fucking great gift to this world, and he gave it everything he had. We still have so much to enjoy because he spilled blood for us so often.

    Thanks Joe, and thanks to BigO for posting a very decent performance in tribute to the great man.

    By tony on Dec 25, 2014

  41. Pure Sheffield steel.Miss him

    By Enrico on Dec 26, 2014

  42. my fave tv performance of a single song of joe’s was when he did letterman and performed when the night comes in the early 90s i believe it was. he blew the roof off. it was incredible.
    from what i understand his last perf was in germany last june.. perhaps if that one wasnt recorded professionally another show around that time was and can be found? currently 4-8-13 is the most recent show on sugarmeg. its an audience recording tho.
    the one there just prior to that one from 9-28-12 has dave mason on vocals on one song with him. also audience.
    the one immediately prior to that one however from 2011 lucca italy while not the best choice for many reasons is an fm brdcst. he had 40 albums out and his last one came out just over 2 yrs ago. i have a lof of shows of his and if u want a nice collection of his best shows of very nice quality u can find a good selection of them on sugarmeg to choose from altho admittedly they dont offer the best bitrate. there are other sources but u can find out a lot of info there first on what u are getting elsewhere and if u cant find it anywhere else at least u can get it there.

    By darth on Dec 27, 2014

  43. Did Joe ever get to meet you, darth?

    By Sherrytree on Dec 28, 2014

  44. I only know of maybe 22 or so studio albums by Mr. Cocker. Where did you get 40?

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 28, 2014

  45. well he had 23 studio ones ending with his 2012 fire it up. i didnt say there were more than that. i guess the ones u arent counting in the missing 17 would include live and compilations and greatest hits and best of’s and so on. there were some released in england that werent released in the usa the exact same way kinda like the beatles albums. u know sometimes similar track listings with variations and sometimes various titles too. to get everything u often have to obtain the same album more than once because there are tracks on the brit version that arent on the domestic counterpart. he had eps and singles and soundtrack songs that werent available otherwise. so im figuring that when it is said that he had 40 albums that it means all those items are included too. maybe it includes appearances he made on other peoples albums. while i am a big fan of joes im not a cocker-aholic like i am with clapton or floyd. i can offer u this link here which isnt the only source for that # but it is one -

    a couple of yrs back i found an 11gig download of clapton official product that wasnt material found on his regular album releases. the amount of stuff was enormous. it included soundtrack appearances and guest spots on other peoples albums etc. just about anything he ever did and the last thing on it was his appearance on robbie robertsons latest album at the time. it did not include anything at all that was unreleased whatsoever. only official product. it did include b sides and obscure crap. 100s upon 100s of songs.
    if only there was that kind of love put into other musicians altho granted there arent that many out there who have been as prolific as eric. so maybe thats why that much energy and effort hasnt been put into other artists the same way.

    By darth on Dec 28, 2014

  46. btw.. according to that article - the hammersmith in london june this year was his final show.

    By darth on Dec 28, 2014

  47. “he had 40 albums out and his last one came out just over 2 yrs ago.”
    By darth on Dec 27, 2014

    “well he had 23 studio ones ending with his 2012 fire it up. i didnt say there were more than that.”
    By darth on Dec 28, 2014

    more jailhouse lawyering…

    By darths keyboard on Dec 28, 2014

  48. one can have albums that arent studio albums. whats wrong with u? theres a difference between studio product and live concerts recorded and released for public consumption. it has nothing to do with jailhouse lawyering. are u so ashamed that people would laugh at u for not realizing how stupid u are that u felt compelled to use a hider id? u fucking stupid coward.

    By darth on Dec 28, 2014

  49. u fucking stupid coward. how long do we have to put up with this ,darth is with out doubt the most rudest person in the world

    By the duke on Dec 28, 2014

  50. darth, manners please.

    By miss manners on Dec 28, 2014

  51. i shouldnt have to point out how ludicrous it is that u accuse someone else of cowardly using a false name. when will u be signing in as glen?

    if i had your reputation and rap sheet i wouldnt be dumb enough to use the same hider id that i had when i was busted. that entity wasnt exactly unsullied before the feds knocked on your door. but of course youre egotistical enough to believe that that soiled moniker is somehow prestigious…

    By darths keyboard on Dec 28, 2014

  52. darth, this is a beautiful tribute to a great artist who we’ve lost. Why do you have to ruin it with your rudeness to other commmenters?

    By Cockerfan on Dec 28, 2014

  53. it must be his hpds-

    By darths keyboard on Dec 28, 2014

  54. Link down!!! JOE COCKER Fillmore West 1970

    By gustavobobadilla on Dec 29, 2014

  55. cockerfan - u must be using selective vision here. i dont know what it is u are looking at when u ask that question. perhaps u should scroll back up to the top and work your way down thru the comments section in order and read them carefully and see who posted which comments. what youre asking makes no sense to me.

    duke - why dont u see the comment before mine..that i am responding to.. as rude? how is it u only see my comments as rude? thats what i meant by selective sight or vision when i spoke above. dont just read what i say. read what the people are saying to whom i am responding to first. i am specifically commenting or responding to things being said to me or about me. this isnt that difficult to figure out.

    By darth on Dec 29, 2014

  56. darth, joe cocker passed away . this is a small tribute in a large world to a great musician so why do you feel the need to destroy a warm appreciation of the man with your pitiful attention seeking bullshit ? never mind, we don`t want to know.

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 29, 2014

  57. yeah i didnt know that joe died. its a good thing i have u to tell me this. what would i ever do without u to inform me of this.
    once again.. why do u see things that arent there?? why dont u see things that are there?? what is this with selective vision u have? why do u blame people for things they didnt do? how do u not see things youre doing as being the problem yet u see things im doing as the problem? once again i implore u to look up at the multitude of comments here from the top in order and read them carefully without preconceived opinions and ideas. look at what is being said carefully. i dont know what it is u are seeing thus far but it sure isnt what i see. and i sure dont see why u feel obligated to blame me or attack me for things that i didnt do here.

    By darth on Dec 29, 2014

  58. i think i get it now “darth”. you have been whacked upside the head so many times for being such a moron you aren`t responsible anymore for anything that leaks out of your brain. I bet you had your share of ass kickings at school.

    By big red nek on Dec 30, 2014

  59. glen you are so brilliant & wise…

    why don’t you carefully reread all the comments directly to you & for you on this whole site & take heed you no good asshole…?


    By Jerry's Finger on Dec 30, 2014

  60. Darth - “coroner to the stars” - did not know about this death and did not get to announce it? LOL how the mighty have fallen.

    By Plop-Plop on Dec 30, 2014

  61. The previous four comments do not mention the words “Joe Cocker” at all. The previous dozen barely mention Joe.Wasn’t he the whole point of this musical post by BigO and then the subsequent comments by grateful fans? But no, again it just had to dissolve into a lot of insults.

    By Christopher Maddock on Jan 1, 2015

  62. C. Maddock, you’re right and sadly, it’s the usual. Look at the recent Doors posting - Darth doesn’t even post and he gets insulted anyway. Proof that his enemies consider him more important than the posting at hand. Music? The whole point is just getting the last trash talk insult in. Yawn.

    By Happy Camper on Jan 1, 2015


    By darth on Jan 3, 2015


    By coroner to the stars reporting on Jan 3, 2015

  65. Joe Cocker and Stevie Ray Vaughan

    By sluggo on Jan 3, 2015

  66. 1963 joe cocker/as vance arnold and the avengers you must hear this!

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 13, 2015

  67. I saw Joe Cocker & the Grease Band twice @ The Grande Ballroom in Detroit in 1968. Then he played @ The Grande-Riviera theatre a few blocks up Grand River Rd. and I saw him there. When The Grease Band left Joe, he started Mad Dogs and Englishmen and they played @ The Eastown theatre on March 20, 21st and this was their first gig. What fantastic memories!!!

    By Michael Bolan on May 27, 2015

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