Monday, December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker, RIP

Intense rock singer Joe Cocker has passed away at age 70.

I loved his soulful, often frantic music. Here's my personal favorite (really dig the piano of Artie Butler):

And here's a lesser known tune, which features a curious dig at trade unionism (third verse: "You can stuff your trade Union bull-shit up your kyber/But you can't have my soul/Cannot have my soul today").


Jonah said...

Back in the day when tv stations would sign off at night, one L.A. station would go with Cocker's America the Beautiful. I really got to like it.

Paco said...

Jonah: i didn't know Cocker recorded that. You're sure you aren't thinking of Ray Charles?

bruce said...

"You are so beautiful to me"

America the Beautiful was Ray Charles. For us Brit-anglos to sing that would be like you guys singing God Save the Queen I think, just isn't done and rightfully so.

Cocker had a great voice like Ray Charles's and Louis Armstrong's. God bless them all.

Jonah said...

You may be right, I could swear I remember Joe Cocker doing his Joe Cocker thing with the words "God shed His grace on thee." Maybe it was somewhere else.