- Dec 22, 2014John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
“Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met. His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.” Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, International, who had signed Joe Cocker to Sony Music Entertainment.
Joe Cocker was born May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, England where he lived until his early 20’s. An outstanding interpreter of songs, his successes include a Number One single in the UK in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' ‘A Little Help from My Friends’. Joe's career took off considerably after he performed this song at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969.
Cocker is also well known for his epic ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ Tour of 1970, which featured over 40 musicians touring 48 cities across the US, resulting in a third gold album by the same name and a concert film. Just over Ten years later, Cocker then won his first Grammy in 1983 on a duet with Jennifer Warnes called ‘Up Where We Belong’, the theme from the 1982 film ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’.
Joe went onto receive an OBE (Order of The British Empire) in 2011 for his contribution to music. One of the most prolific artists of his era, Joe Cocker released 40 albums in his 50 year career. For more information regarding his career please go to www.cocker.com.
Joe enjoyed long walks in the mountains with his dogs, fly fishing in the Black Canyon, playing snooker with friends and growing tomatoes in his greenhouse year-round.
Joe Cocker is survived by his wife, Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor Cocker of Norfolk, England; his step daughter, Zoey Schroeder of Stevenson Ranch, CA and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder.
A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cocker
Kids’ Foundation, P.O. Box 404, Crawford, CO. 81415. Read More
- Aug 9, 2013
“Fire it Up – Live” is the sensational recording of the celebrated “Fire it Up – Live” European tour, that has delighted millions of fans since its kick off in March. This first live recording of a concert by Joe Cocker in 20 years is released in HD quality on 2 CDs, DVD and digitally. It features the highlights from his gold album “Fire It Up” as well as timeless hits like “With a Little Help of my Friends”, “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, “Unchain My Heart”, “Up Where We Belong”, and “You Are So Beautiful”. Director of the concert film is Nick Wickham, known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and Rihanna. The complete show at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne in April and fantastic “Making Of” material not only document the special bond between Joe Cocker and his German fans but also half a century of music history. “Fire It Up – Live” is released on 4th October and can be preordered as of now. For a visual preview head to:
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COCKER LIVE: “FIRE IT UP” TOUR CONTINUES
Millions have already witnessed the first part of the extremely successful “Fire It Up” tour – and the festival season, taking Joe Cocker and his excellent band throughout Europe until September, is just starting. All official dates at a glance:
08/09/2013 Halden, Fredriksten Festning
08/10/2013 Smögen, Smögenfestivalen
08/11/2013 Hamburg, Stadtpark
08/14/2013 Luxey, Festival Musicalarue
08/16/2013 Monte Carlo, Sporting Summer Festival
08/17/2013 Monte Carlo, Sporting Summer Festival
08/18/2013 Bochum, Zeltfestival Ruhr
08/21/2013 Pula, Roman Amphitheatre
08/23/2013 Arbon, Summer Days Festival
08/24/2013 Horsens, Rock I Lunden
08/25/2013 Bad Brückenau, Bayerisches Staatsbad, Schlosspark
08/27/2013 Coburg, Schloßplatz
08/28/2013 Mönchengladbach, Warsteiner Hockeypark
08/30/2013 Cottbus, Spreeauenpark
08/31/2013 Esbjerg, The Musikhuset
09/02/2013 Aachen, Kurpark Classix
09/03/2013 Minsk, Minsk Arena
09/05/2013 Switzerland, Festival du Chant du Gros
09/06/2013 Châlons-en-Champagne, Foire en Scène Festival
09/07/2013 St. Goarshausen/Loreley, Loreley FestivalRead More