Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker

Rock Singer

John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE was an English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements.

Full Name
May 20, 1944
Dec 22, 2014
5′ 9″
Net Worth


Joe Cocker, born John Robert Cocker on May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, England, was a British rock/blues singer best known for his hit singles "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong." His career began in the early 1960s when he started singing in local pubs and clubs. He released his debut album, With A Little Help From My Friends, in 1969 and it quickly became a hit. The title track from the album was a cover of The Beatles song and it rose to number one on the U.S. singles chart.

Cocker's popularity continued to grow through the 1970s with hits such as "The Letter," "Delta Lady," and "You Are So Beautiful." His voice was met with critical acclaim for its soulful sound and powerful delivery. In 1982 he collaborated with Jennifer Warnes on the song "Up Where We Belong," which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. 

In the 1990s Cocker toured extensively around the world and released several albums including Night Calls (1992), Have A Little Faith (1994) and Organic (1996). In 2003 he was awarded an OBE (Order of The British Empire) for services to music. He continued touring until shortly before his death on December 22, 2014 at age 70 due to lung cancer. Joe Cocker's influence is still felt today by many modern singers who cite him as an inspiration for their own work.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1944</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joe Cocker is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 20, 1944, Joe Cocker is born in Sheffield, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1960s</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins His Music Career</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Begins performing with a local band and goes on to sign a record deal with Decca Records.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1968</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends", which becomes a top 10 hit in the UK.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1970</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his album Joe Cocker!.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1974</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Performs at Super Bowl VIII</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Performs the National Anthem at Super Bowl VIII held in Houston, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside The Beatles, David Bowie, and others.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2014</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives OBE from Queen Elizabeth II</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Incredible Singer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Joe Cocker is an incredible singer who has the ability to convey emotion through his voice. His unique style of singing and powerful stage presence have earned him a place in music history as one of the greatest singers ever.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Storyteller</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text"> Joe Cocker is a great storyteller, known for his heartfelt songs that tell stories about life, love and loss. He brings his stories to life with his powerful vocal delivery and has created some of the most memorable songs in rock music.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Charismatic Performer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Joe Cocker is a charismatic performer whose passion for music and high energy performances have captivated audiences for decades. He puts on a show that you won't soon forget and has become one of the most beloved performers in rock music.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Performance at Woodstock</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Joe Cocker performed at the iconic Woodstock music festival in 1969, singing his famous version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" which earned him an ovation of over 20 minutes.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Grammy Award Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Joe Cocker won a Grammy Award in 1983 for best pop vocal performance with his single "Up Where We Belong".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Starred in a Movie</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1982 Joe Cocker starred in the movie "The Killing Fields" alongside Sam Waterston and Haing S. Ngor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Early Career Struggles</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Joe Cocker had to struggle for many years to get recognition for his music, until finally he got his big break with his performance at Woodstock.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In the year 2000, Joe Cocker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honoring his incredible contributions to rock and roll music.</p></div>


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