Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

December 22, 2014 9:43 PM

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Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

Even with only a passel of top 10 hit singles -- "Up Where We Belong," "You Are So Beautiful" and "The Letter" -- Cocker made an immediate impression in the U.S. with his passionate performance at Woodstock in August 1969 coming four months after the release of his first album. A visually arresting performer whose wild gyrations and air guitar movements were as much his signature as his intense growls, early appearances on TV shows such as Ed Sullivan and This Is Tom Jones helped established Cocker as a significant new interpreter of pop music.

Unlike many of his Woodstock-era contemporaries, Cocker was able to retain his trademark vocal style and apply it to various pop music styles over multiple decades. As the power waned in his voice, material that exposed vulnerability and tenderness became his forte, Cocker's impeccable taste in song...

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