Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker, 1944-2014, R.I.P.

Singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70, after a battle with lung cancer.
Like many of us, I first became aware of Joe Cocker's work shortly after he appeared at Woodstock in 1969. No one who's heard his version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" will ever forget it.

I remained a fan of Mr. Cocker's as long as he remained on the charts, and after.
There was a lot of talk about the strange gestures Cocker used when he performed. After a close look at the film of his antics at Woodstock, it appeared to me that what he was actually doing was playing air guitar. I was curious as to why I'd never seen that referenced anywhere. (I'm sure it was, and that I missed it. After all, even I can't read everything.)
But if it'll make you feel any better, this article about Cocker's death did mention that he was playing air guitar, and "air piano" as well!
I'd like to close this brief tribute piece with something rather uplifting. It has to be seen to be appreciated!

Thanks for your time.


  1. He had some great songs indeed and always seemed to have a presence when he performed live.

  2. In every live recording I've ever seen of his, he gave his all.

  3. Im really devastated by Joe Cocker death, I live his music I loved how he sing, one of my really favorites.
    I think I know almost all hisd songs!
    really sad!

  4. I especially remember him in woodstock! But he came here about 2 years and sing amazing still!!!

    1. You saw him in concert? Wow. I never did.

    2. Nope.I can't go but I heard some of these songs ftom the recital.He was fine!!

  5. Yeah, it's a sad day. Joe was one of a kind, and there won't ever be another one like him.

  6. He was truly awesome. Be assured that he will be well-represented later on in our ATF series.


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