Monday, December 22, 2014

JOE COCKER ~









Joe Cocker
1944 (Sheffield, UK)
~ 2014 (Colorado)








joe cocker
woodstock festival 
1969


4 comments:

Luster said...

Bob,

Thanks for putting Joe's leaving in the Birdhouse. I remember vividly the first time I heard him singing Leonard Cohen's Like a Bird on a Wire on a radio, sitting in the car in a drugstore parking lot. Later, in the early 70s, I saw him perform in Dallas with our local guys, Point Blank, opening. In later years, the song I keep going back to is his version of Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. A stellar performance by an outstanding interpreter.

Bye Bye Blackbird.

stay close,
mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mike,

I knew you'd be coming. . .and not thru the bathroom window, but the computer window.

Talk about The Beatles in Arkansas, I don't believe there was a finer interpreter of their songs than Joe Cocker. He could sing like Joe, he could sing like George.

Feelin Alright just makes me feel good all over. I bought my first LP of Joe Cocker in late 60s from Woolworth's — the music store back then in any small town America. Modest record rack filled with gems.One week it was Cocker's best album ever, the week before it was Music From Big Pink. Everyone claimed Joe Cocker was the next Ray Charles. There never was another and would never be another Ray Charles, or Joe Cocker.

all's well in toyland,
Bob

Luster said...

Bob,

Exactly right on the importance of the drug store. The parking lot I heard Joe in was to our hometown Skillern's Drug where not only the latest records were bought, but also the magazines, malts, burgers, spinner racks of paperbacks, an the possibly magical properties of English Leather and Jade East.

stay close,
mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Of course we miss those stores, Mike.

Department stores, with the luncheonette counters on the first floor, and even, surprisingly, a bookstore. One year my mother, with my older sister's help, found for me Andy Warhol's original "A" (he must not have known about Zukofsky) from naughty Grove press, hardcover, in this department store. It was on my letter-list to Santa. How in the world did it land there, 1968 or so; and I'd like to shake the hand of the buyer who brought it in.

Head over to the record bin — we already have the Joe Cocker, and Big Pink, let's now get Axis Bold As Love.

Did so.
merry merry, Bob