Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker: Joe Cocker!

Album #84 - November 1972

Episode date - July 4, 2018

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    In the late ‘60s, Joe Cocker helped to reinvent rock music through interpretations.

    Before him, most cover versions of well-known songs usually retained some semblance of the original recording, but Cocker deliberately stood songs on their head or turned them around by adding a heavy dose of interpretive soul to the equation. He would write the occasional original tune, but it’s his interpretations that left the deepest mark.

    Cocker’s first album had his biggest hit (“With a Little Help from My Friends”) but his second was the most consistent, adding definitive versions of songs by Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

    Featured tracks include:

    Dear Landlord

    Bird on a Wire

    Lawdy Miss Clawdy

    She Came In Through the Bathroom Window

    Hitchcock Railway

    That’s Your Business Now

    Something

    Delta Lady

    Hello, Little Friend

    Darling Be Home Soon

    She’s So Good to Me (b-side)

    Let It Be (b-side)

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