Joe Cocker

"Joe Cocker is the greatest white blues singer ever....Joe was brought to my attention by Denny Cordell.... I got a tape in the mail of a single by Joe called 'Marjorine' that got me very excited."

"The song 'The Letter' [from the 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen' album] was the first hit for Joe, and provided a tremendous glimpse of his amazing musical force. --Jerry Moss

 

Joe Cocker defined soul as, "An artist being able to put themselves over through the use of their voice. When this happens, there is a connection or rapport with the listener and the artist clicks."

"Leon [Russell] came up with the idea for Mad Dogs. Having come out of the Mad Dogs tour with no money never really bothered me. Back then, the feeling was, it was a crime to have money anyway. We were into this trip of stripping off our worldly goods."

Joe Cocker was the only A&M artist to perform at Woodstock in August 1969.

The first movie produced by A&M Records was 1971's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," a Joe Cocker tour retrospective.

In March 1971, A&M Records released a Joe Cocker single in Canada, "Bird on the Wire" which was not released in the U.S.

In early 1973, Joe Cocker re-signed with A&M Records.

Joe Cocker was voted 97 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

 

Jamaica Say You Will New Music On A&M Records
Stingray New Music On A&M Records
20th Century Masters presss release

Sources
  1. The Blue-Eyed Soul of Joe Cocker. Record World, august 16, 1969.
  2. Cocker Single Follows Rule. Billboard, March 37, 1971.
  3. Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music. Joe Smith. New York: Warner Books. 1988.
  4. A&M Records' Greatest Hits. Matt Diehl. Rolling Stone. September 7, 2012.
Birth
Death
Recording Years / Label
1968-1976 -  A&M Records
Instruments
vocals