It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia, and gained Cocker the nickname "the Mad Dog". Shortly after the Australian tour, Stainton retired from his music career to establish his own recording studio.
After his friend's departure and his estrangement from his longtime producer Denny Cordell, Cocker sank into depression and began using heroin. In June , he kicked the habit but continued to drink heavily. The album, released in August , was number 11 on the US charts and one single, a cover of Billy Preston 's " You Are So Beautiful ", which reached the number 5 slot. One such instance was reported in a issue of Rolling Stone , which said that during two West Coast performances in October of that year he threw up onstage.
To promote his new album, Cocker embarked on another tour of Australia, made possible by the country's new Labor government. In late , he contributed vocals on a number of the tracks on Bo Diddley 's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. He also recorded a new album in a Kingston, Jamaica studio, Stingray.
However, record sales were disappointing; the album reached only number 70 on the US charts. John Belushi joined him onstage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements.
Several months later, he met producer Michael Lang , who agreed to manage him on the condition that he stay sober. Hartley also toured briefly with Cocker's friends in Despite this effort, it received mixed reviews and only sold around , copies.
He also performed in New York's Central Park to an audience of 20, people. The concert was recorded and released as the live album, Live in New York.
In , Cocker recorded two songs with the jazz group the Crusaders on their album Standing Tall. The Crusaders wrote this song with Cocker in mind to sing it. Several days later, he was invited to perform " You Are So Beautiful " with Ray Charles in a television tribute to the musician. In , Cocker joined a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page , Eric Clapton , Jeff Beck , Steve Winwood and Bill Wyman for singer Ronnie Lane 's tour to raise money for the London-based organisation Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis , in particular because Lane was beginning to suffer from the degenerative disease.
While on another tour that year, Cocker was arrested by Austrian police after refusing to perform because of inadequate sound equipment. The charges were eventually dropped and Cocker was released. Shortly after the incident, he released his ninth studio album, Civilized Man. His next album Cocker was dedicated to his mother, Madge, who died when he was recording in the studio with producer Terry Manning.
The album eventually went Platinum on the European charts. Throughout the s, Cocker continued to tour around the world, playing to large audiences in Europe, Australia and the United States. In he met the Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari , who dedicated a song Nuovo, meraviglioso amico , in Rispetto to the English bluesman. Bush at an inauguration concert in February In the autumn of , Cocker toured Europe promoting his studio album Hard Knocks.
Cocker was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the Universal fire. Dupree's band Stuff was also Cocker's backing band on a tour promoting Stingray in Cocker kept recording and touring throughout his later years.
He played 25 shows in Germany alone on the European leg of the tour, which reflects the popularity Cocker enjoyed there. The last concert on the tour, which was to be Cocker's final live performance, was at the Loreley Open Air Theatre in Sankt Goarshausen on 7 September In , fellow Yorkshire musician Philip Oakey , on behalf of his group, the Human League , said that Cocker was their "hero".
I was especially pleased when he decided to cover 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and I remember him and producer Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row central London and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful to him for doing that.
In , Cocker began dating Eileen Webster, also a resident of Sheffield. The couple dated intermittently for the next 13 years, and separated permanently in Pam Baker, a local summer camp director and fan of Cocker's music, persuaded the actress to lend the house to Cocker.
Baker began dating Cocker, and they married on 11 October Cocker is buried in the town cemetery in Crawford, Colorado. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English musician.
Drums by Procol Harum 's B. Wilson, guitar lines from Jimmy Page , and organ by Tommy Eyre. Main article: Joe Cocker discography. The Independent.
Retrieved 24 December Brit Awards. BBC News. However, he was having difficulty keeping control, and was drinking so heavily that often he was barely capable of performing. Cocker stumbled through the rest of the s as a shadow of his former self, still touring and knocking out uneven albums, including Jamaica Say You Will , Stingray and Live in Los Angeles Better still was his release on Island records, Sheffield Steel, which featured powerful performances of songs by Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan and Steve Winwood and remains arguably the definitive Joe Cocker album.
Cocker confirmed his resurgence with his duet with Jennifer Warnes on the schlocky power ballad Up Where We Belong , from the hit movie An Officer and a Gentleman The song won a Grammy and an Oscar.
Subsequently, his career saw him coasting along comfortably, enjoying respect from his peers and loyalty from a broad international audience, though somewhat lacking in further artistic landmarks. In his determination to stay on the wagon, he received unstinting support from his wife Pam, whom he married in Through the 80s and 90s, Cocker released a string of albums including Unchain My Heart , One Night of Sin and Night Calls , all of which sold respectably if unspectacularly.
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