Remembering Joe Cocker
Died on December 22, 2014 in Crawford, Colorado, at the age of 70.
Paul McCartney said of Joe Cocker’s version of the Beatles 1967 song With a Little Help From My Friends:
“It was mind-blowing, he totally turned the song into a soul anthem.”
Joe Cocker’s version of the song was a radical re-arrangement of the original, in a slower 3/4 beat, instead of 4/4 beat in the original Beatles version, using different chords in the middle eight and a lengthy instrumental introduction.
The recording hit number one in the U.K. in 1968. The following year he performed the song live at Woodstock.
In 1978, Joe Cocker moved onto a ranch owned by Jane Fonda in Santa Barbara, California. Pam Baker, a local summer camp director and Cocker fan, had persuaded the actress to lend the house to Joe. Pam Baker and Joe Cocker were married in 1987 and they lived on the Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado.
Joe Cocker was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.