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After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends." His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969. A second British hit came with a version of Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" in the fall of 1969 (by then, Russell was Cocker's musical director) and both of his albums, With a Little Help from My Friends (April 1969) and Joe Cocker! (November 1969), went gold in America. In 1970, his cover of the Box Tops hit "The Letter" became his first U.S. Top Ten. Cocker's first peak of success came when Russell organized the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of 1970, featuring Cocker and over 40 others and resulting in a third gold album and a concert film. Subsequent efforts were less popular, and problems with alcohol (both on- and off-stage) reduced Cocker's once-powerful voice to a croaking rasp.

Cocker returned to the U.S. Top Ten in 1975, with the romantic ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and topped the charts in 1982 via a duet with Jennifer Warnes on "Up Where We Belong" (the theme from the film An Officer and a Gentleman). He still charted during the '90s, albeit with less frequency than he did in the '70s and '80s. Across from Midnight arrived in 1997, followed by No Ordinary World two years later. Respect Yourself appeared in 2002, and the covers album Heart & Soul followed in 2004. The European release Hymn for My Soul, which featured cover versions of songs by Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and John Fogerty, was issued on Parlophone in 2007. His complete Live at Woodstock performance was released in 2009. In 2010, Hard Knocks -- his first studio album in three years -- appeared in Europe. Cocker's 23rd studio album, Fire It Up, was issued in November 2012 on Sony. It was produced by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Collective Soul, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and numerous others. Slightly over two years later, however, on December 22, 2014, he succumbed to lung cancer.

--  by Cub Koda, All Music Guide

With a Little Help From My Friends (2002 Queen's Jubllee)With a Little Help From My Friends (2002 Queen's Jubllee)
The LetterThe Letter
When the Night ComesWhen the Night Comes
Feelin' AlrightFeelin' Alright


1969With a Little Help from My Friends
1969Joe Cocker
1970Mad Dogs and Englishmen
1974I Can Stand a Little Rain
1975Jamaica Say You Will
1976Live in L.A.
1978Luxury You Can Afford
1982Sheffield Steel
1984Civilized Man
1984Off the Record
1987Unchain My Heart
1989One Night of Sin
1992Night Calls
1994Have a Little Faith
1997Across from Midnight
2000No Ordinary World
2002Respect Yourself
2004Heart & Soul
2010Hard Knocks
2012Fire It Up
2013Fire It Up Live


1969 With a Little Help from My Friends

01. Feelin' Alright
02. Bye Bye Blackbird
03. Change in Louise
04. Marjorine
05. Just Like a Woman
06. Do I Still Figure in Your Life
07. Sandpaper Cadillac
08. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
09. With a Little Help from My Friends
10. I Shall Be Released
11. The New Age of Lily
12. Something's Coming On

1969 Joe Cocker

01. Dear Landlord
02. Bird on a Wire
03. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
04. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
05. Hitchcock Railway
06. That's Your Business
07. Something
08. Delta Lady
09. Hello Little Friend
10. Darling Be Home Soon
11. She's Good to Me
12. Let It Be


1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen

01. Introduction
02. Honky Tonk Women
03. Introduction
04. Sticks and Stones
05. Cry Me a River
06. Bird on a Wire
07. Feelin' Alright
08. Superstar
09. Introduction
10. Let's Go Get Stoned
11. Blue Medley/I'll Drown in My Own Tears
12. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
13. I've Been Loving You Too Long
14. Introduction
15. Girl from the North Country
16. Give Peace a Chance
17. Introduction
18. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
19. Space Captain
20. The Letter
21. Delta Lady

1974 I Can Stand a Little Rain

01. Put Out the Light
02. I Can Stand a Little Rain
03. I Get Mad
04. Sing Me a Song
05. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
06. Don't Forget Me
07. You Are So Beautiful
08. It's a Sin When You Love Somebody
09. Performance
10. Guilty

1975 Jamaica Say You Will

1976 Stingray

01. The Jealous Kind
02. I Broke Down
03. You Came Along
04. Catfish
05. Moon Dew
06. The Man in Me
07. She Is My Lady
08. Worrier
09. Born Thru Indifference
10. A Song for You


1976 Live in L.A.

01. Dear Landlord
02. Early in the Mornin'
03. Didn't You Know You've Got to Cry
04. St. James Infirmary
05. Hitchcock Railway
06. Midnight Rider
07. What Kind of Man Are You?
08. High Time We Went
09. Love the One You're With

1978 Luxury You Can Afford

01. Fun Time
02. Watching the River Flow
03. Boogie Baby
04. A Whiter Shade of Pale
05. I Can't Say No
06. Southern Lady
07. I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)
08. What Did You Do to Me Last Night
09. Lady Put the Light Out
10. Wasted Years
11. I Heard It Through the Grapevine

1982 Sheffield Steel

01. Look What You've Done
02. Shocked
03. Sweet Little Woman
04. Seven Days
05. Marie
06. Ruby Lee
07. Many Rivers to Cross
08. So Good, So Right
09. Talking Back to the Night
10. Just Like Always


1984 Civilized Man

01. Civilized Man
02. There Goes My Baby
03. Come On In
04. Tempted
05. Long Drag Off a Cigarette
06. I Love the Night
07. Crazy in Love
08. A Girl Like You
09. Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing)
10. Even a Fool Would Let Go

1984 Off the Record

1986 Cocker

01. Shelter Me
02. A To Z
03. Don't You Love Me Anymore
04. Living Without Your Love
05. Don't Drink the Water
06. You Can Leave Your Hat On
07. Heart of the Matter
08. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
09. Love Is on a Fade
10. Heaven

1987 Unchain My Heart

01. Unchain My Heart
02. Two Wrongs
03. I Stand in Wonder
04. River's Rising
05. Isolation
06. All Our Tomorrows
07. A Woman Loves a Man
08. Trust in Me
09. The One
10. Satisfied


1989 One Night of Sin

01. When the Night Comes
02. I Will Live for You
03. I've Got to Use My Imagination
04. Letting Go
05. Just to Keep from Drowning
06. Unforgiving
07. Another Mind Gone
08. Fever
09. You Know We're Gonna Hurt
10. Bad Bad Sign
11. I'm Your Man
12. One Night of Sin

1990 Live!

01. Feelin' Alright
02. Shelter Me
03. Hitchcock Railway
04. Up Where We Belong
05. Guilty
06. You Can Leave Your Hat On
07. When the Night Comes
08. Unchain My Heart
09. With a Little Help from My Friends
10. You Are So Beautiful
11. The Letter
12. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
13. High Time We Went
14. What Are You Doing With a Fool Like Me
15. Living in the Promiseland

1992 Night Calls

01. Feels Like Forever
02. I Can Hear the River
03. Now That the Magic Has Gone
04. Can't Find My Way Home
05. Night Calls
06. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
07. Love Is Alive
08. Five Women
09. Please No More
10. Out of Rain
11. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
12. When a Woman Cries


1994 Have a Little Faith

01. Let the Healing Begin
02. Have a Little Faith in Me
03. The Simple Things
04. Summer in the City
05. The Great Divide
06. Highway, Highway
07. Too Cool
08. Soul Time
09. Out of the Blue
10. Angeline
11. Standing Knee Deep in a River
12. Take Me Home

1996 Organic

01. Into the Mustic
02. Anybody Seen My Girl
03. Delta Lady
04. Heart Full of Rain
05. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
06. Many Rivers to Cross
07. High Lonesome Blue
08. Sail Away
09. You and I
10. Darling Be Home Soon
11. Dignity
12. You Can Leave Your Hat On
13. You Are So Beautiful
14. Can't Find My Way Home

1997 Across from Midnight

01. Tonight
02. Could You Be Loved
03. That's All I Need to Know
04. N'Oubliez Jamais
05. What Do I Tell My Heart?
06. Wayward Soul
07. Loving You Tonight
08. Across from Midnight
09. What Do You Say?
10. The Last One to Know
11. That's the Way Her Love Is
12. Need Your Love So Bad


2000 No Ordinary World

01. First We Take Manhattan
02. Different Roads
03. My Father's Son
04. While You See a Chance
05. She Believes in Me
06. No Ordinary World
07. Where Would I Be Now
08. Ain't Gonna Cry Again
09. Soul Rising
10. Naked Without You
11. Love to Lean On
12. On Way Home
13. Lied to Me
14. Love Made a Promise

2002 Respect Yourself

01 You Can't Have My Heart
02 Love Not War
03 You Took It So Hard
04 Never Tear Us Apart
05 This Is Your Life
06 Respect Yourself
07 I'm Listening Now
08 Leave A Light On
09 It's Only Love
10 Every Time It Rains
11 Midnight Without You

2004 Heart & Soul

01 One (Album Version)
02 I (Who Have Nothing)
03 What's Going On
04 Chain Of Fools
05 Maybe I'm Amazed
06 I Keep Forgetting
07 I Put A Spell On You
08 Every Kind Of People
09 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
10 Don't Let Me Be Lonely
11 Jealous Guy
12 Everybody Hurts
13 One (2004/Live In Antwerp, Belgium)


2010 Hard Knocks

01 Hard Knocks
02 Get On
03 Unforgiven
04 The Fall
05 So It Goes
06 Runaway Train
07 Stay The Same
08 Thankful
09 So
10 I Hope
11 Forever Changed

2012 Fire It Up

Disc 1

01. Fire It Up
02. I'll Be Your Doctor
03. You Love Me Back
04. I Come In Peace
05. You Don't Need A Million Dollars
06. Eye On The Prize
07. Younger
08. You Don't Know What You're Doing To Me
09. The Letting Go
10. I'll Walk In The Sunshine Again
11. Weight Of The World
12. The Last Road
13. Walk Through The World With Me
Disc 2

01. Fire It Up (Clip)
02. I'll Be Your Doctor (Clip)
03. You Love Me Back (Clip)
04. Eye On The Prize (Clip)
05. I Come In Peace (Clip)
06. You Don't Need A Million Dollars (Clip)

2013 Fire It Up Live

Disc 1

01. I Come in Peace
02. Feelin' Alright
03. The Letter
04. When the Night Comes
05. You Love Me Back
06. I'll Be Your Doctor
07. Up Where We Belong
08. Come Together
09. Eye On the Prize
10. You Don't Need a Million Dollars
11. You Are So Beautiful
12. Younger
Disc 2

01. Fire It Up
02. N'oubliez Jamais
03. You Can Leave Your Hat On
04. Unchain My Heart
05. With a Little Help From My Friends
06. Summer in the City
07. Hard Knocks
08. Cry Me a River
09. You Don't Know What You're Doing to Me



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