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Joe Cocker, dead at 70

Gettin' high with a little help from his friends.

If you're of a certain age, you may only remember Cocker from his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends" at the beginning of the TV show The Wonder Years.

If you're a tad older, though, you remember two things about Cocker:

1. He was mostly known for singing covers, but
2. Damn! You loved those versions as much as the originals—sometimes even more. "Delta Lady," for instance, which helped launch the career of its songwriter, Leon Russell.

Sure, he had a voice that sounded as if he gargled with Drano—but I loved it anyway. It's a sad day for rock 'n' roll.


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Dec. 22nd, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Even people who aren't big rock fans seem to have a soft spot for Joe. It's a sad day.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I hung out in a bar that in the '70's went into hyper drive when Cocker came on the juke box.(a what?) Anybody could sing along! All of his covers were cult classics as far as I am concerned. Mad Dogs and Englishmen...The Letter, Cry Me a River, Feelin' Alright. and my all time fav...She Came in Through the Bathroom Window . RIP-Holiday

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Dec. 23rd, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, but if you try that too long you shred your vocal cords.
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