Remembering Joe Cocker & His Songs

RIP Joe Cocker: My Father’s Son; You Are So Beautiful;. He was born John Robert Cocker May 1944 in South Yorkshire (England), and went on to become one of the best rock & blue-eyed soul singers. 

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If you remember Joe Cocker from Woodstock you are at least, 50+! Enjoy your memories and these Joe Cocker renditions of some classic and lesser known songs, beginning with My Father’s Son (above).

His baby boomer and senior fans will remember Joe Cocker’s other hit singles, which include renditions of:

  • A 1982 duet with Jennifer Warnes for the movie An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Up Where We Belong
  • Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful, which gave Cocker a #5 U.S. hit single in 1974.

Joe Cocker’s cover of his real-life pals The Beatles With a Little Help from My Friends, went to #1 in 1968 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

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(Pam and Joe Cocker Photo: Insomnia Cured Here)

Joe Cocker married Pam Baker in 1987 and they lived together in his Crawford, Colorado Mad Dog Ranch until his death.

He toured and performed his songs onstage for fans throughout his senior years.

Joe Cocker died on December 22, 2014 at age 70 from lung cancer.

Note: This article was originally published in 2014 under the title Farewell, Joe Cocker. Content has been added and updated. 

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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