In Colorado, aged 70 years, died of lung cancer outstanding blues singer Joe Cocker, who became one of the stars of the legendary Woodstock Festival, and 20 years later – a favorite of rapidly liberates the Russians.
It all happened before, as happened Woodstock. At age 16 he began to play with his brother in Sheffield skiffle group, twenty sang the opening act for a little-known group The Rolling Stones, a year later the guitar part for his first single recorded by Jimmy Page, and three years later, Joe Cocker moved from Sheffield to London to start full-scale solo career, taking with him only a partner and co-author – Chris Stainton, which later he will have to share with The Who, Bryan Ferry and Eric Clapton.
Album “With a Little Help from My Friends” with a capital cover of The Beatles was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) before Joe Cocker at Woodstock festival called . Since this episode is related, perhaps, the most in demand stamp in music journalism. Each of rock ‘n’ roll chroniclers once in his life wrote that his rattle Joe Cocker “clouds dispersed in Woodstock.” In fact, it just clouds called – after his speech festival had to stop for a few hours because of a thunderstorm. In 2014 the BBC as a result of a survey conducted by BBC, “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker was declared “the best cover version of all time.” In the choice of repertoire, he was more precise and more talented than many writers-hitmakers – the actual songwriting.
In the mass consciousness of the 1970s, Joe Cocker represented a lost decade. Grand tour interspersed with hard drinking, of which Joe Cocker came out, with a regular arsenal of killer cover versions, the most memorable of which – “You Are So Beautiful” (1974) Billy Preston and Dennis Wilson, and then again made big break, away on treatment of mental illness in his native Sheffield. In the same period, was written perhaps the only hit from the repertoire of Joe Cocker, the authorship of which belongs to him. This is the song “Woman To Woman”, younger generations known as a base hit Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre “California Love” (1995).
The next peak of the career of Joe Cocker came in 1982 when the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” sounded his duet with Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong”. The song topped the charts Billboard, and Coker earned “Oscar” and the long-deserved Grammy. Much love inhabitants of the USSR overtook Joe Cocker also only in the 1980s. She was bound, of course, with the song “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, written by Randy Newman in 1972. In Russia, this song will forever remain a hit for Joe Cocker number one, while, as, according to the statistics of his speeches, “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “You Are So Beautiful” performed more frequently.
The movie “9 ½ Weeks” in which it was performed by Cocker, was hit underground videos and cooperative video clubs. At that time, Kim Basinger taught people how to make is , Joe Cocker unequivocally made it clear under what is need to make music. The film formed erotic clichés and songs, to which generation adjustment deprived of innocence, become part of them. Experts in the field of psychoanalysis have yet to trace the connection between the movie “9 ½ Weeks”, Voice of Joe Cocker, charisma Grigory Leps and incredibly popular with the ladies older than the last.
Another hit that Joe Cocker pulled from obscurity in the 1980s, called “Unchain My Heart”. It was first recorded Ray Charles in the distant 1960. This version in the early 1990s came the first Russian FM-stations, and now with full responsibility can be called Joe Cocker’s “Russian People’s Artist.” In fact, he was the first popular singer, do not fit in here adopted the concept of “the right vocals.” Due to poor English, citizens could not enjoy the subtleties alkoblyuza Tom Waits and Joe Cocker was, on the one hand, charmingly Throaty, brutal and not young, and the other played melodic friendly hits, under which local friends learned to pull off his stockings. The history of relations between Russia and Joe Cocker was long and cloudless. Fortunately, the man regularly supply the market with new albums, and the station was that cool. In the 1990s, they picked perepevki “Summer In The CityR 21; The Lovin ‘Spoonful, and tenacious smash hit “My Father’s Son” and nostalgic track “N’Oubliez Jamais”, in the video for which starred Catherine Deneuve and tears, respectively, flowed freely. Single we, unlike the rest of the world, jammed into holes, and this, too, was something very Russian – again and again to experience the bitter taste and admire the style of foreign elderly, men and women.
In the 2000s, Joe Cocker has released an album every two years. By this time in the distant past remains tight alcohol dependence. “I was destroying myself long, hard, diligently, and only now could itself somehow gather,” – he said in an interview with Russian journalists. For long tour followed weeks quiet pastoral life in Colorado, where Joe Cocker held a restaurant and bred bulls. The recent global surge of interest in Joe Cocker came in 2007, when the screens went Julie Taymor musical “Across the Universe.” Coker, whose catalog through Beatles songs goes on tens, sang “Come Together”, his character in the credits was designated as the “Beggar / Mad Hippie / Pimp”.