Singer Joe Cocker is one of the most popular names in the rock and roll genre of British music history. One of the most celebrated singer and musician; he had won multiple Grammy Awards for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (1983) as well as Grammy Hall of Fame Award (2001). With more than 40 albums in his career, he was active in the musical industry for more than 50 years and had made countless hit songs like: With A Little Help from My Friends, You Are So Beautiful, Feelin’ All Right, Come Together and a lot of others. Growing up in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, he was inspired into music from a young age by listening to Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan, and grew up at the time when The Beatles were a sensation, not only in England but most of the countries. Joe was born on the 20th of May, 1944 and died in the December of 2014, aged 70. Born as the youngest of three children to a working class parents, he first sang on stage with his brother at 12 years of age, and at the age of 18 formed a musical trio with his friends, which was named the Cavaliers. In order to find out more about his life and career, you can read his biography that is found in several sites including Wikipedia.
Joe Cocker started his professional music career as Vance Arnold, and was one of the key members of his group Vance Arnold and the Avengers. Their group mostly played blues music in local pubs and covered songs of artists like Chuck Berry or Ray Charles and in 1963, played alongside The Rolling Stones in Sheffield City Hall. Then, recording group Decca offered him a contract, and he first began with a cover of The Beatle’s “I’ll Cry Instead”. From 1966, he formed another band named The Grease Band, and played with them from 1966 to 1969, recording songs and touring around for concerts. In 1969, he played at Woodstock, live and that became the turning point of his career. In 1969, he was to tour and perform around the USA, but since had already left his former band, had to get a new one. Arranged by his managers, his band “Mad Dogs & Englishmen”, had more than 20 members, with three drummers and several instrumentalist. That made his music sound very blue-ish, and toured around the States in more than 45 cities, gaining wide popularity. As a result, his fame grew wider and with a net worth value of 60 million US dollars, his success speaks for itself.
One of the greatest Rock And Roller of Britain, he lived his life in the rock and roll way very much, with women and drugs around him at all times. He confirmed that he used to have his day started and ended with drugs like marijuana and cocaine, and that had affected his health very much. He died of lungs cancer on the 22nd of December, and was tribute by many legendary musical icons; including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of The Beatles. With his fans from around the world paying tribute to him via social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, his death news spread like a disease around the world. He was considered to be the greatest Rock N’ Roller, and Blues man from the U.K, and one of the best in world. You can listen to his music on YouTube as well as his official website.
Joe was not a very tall man, although he had a height of 5 feet and 9 inches. With his long black hair in younger days, he was not a very fat man and had a very nicely shaped figure. He has been with countless women in his life, so there is no question that he is not a gay, sexually. However, he has only got two girlfriend names in the media, with whom he was married as well. His first wife was Eileen Webster whom he had married in 1963 but got divorced in 1976, without any children. Born and raised as a Brit, he belonged to white ethnicity and before his death, was in a long relationship with his wife Pam Baker, whom he married in 1978. You can see pictures of those two in the media, and it was believed that they didn’t have any children as well.