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Farrell
22nd Dec 2014, 17:23
BBC News - Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30582761)

B Fraser
22nd Dec 2014, 17:34
Damn, another legend gone.

Lonewolf_50
22nd Dec 2014, 18:13
Love will lift him up to where he belongs.

So long, Joe, you brought a lot of good to us through your musical craft. :ok:

Mr Optimistic
22nd Dec 2014, 18:19
No! Bloody year.

AN2 Driver
22nd Dec 2014, 18:26
So has Udo Juergens.

Very sad time for music lovers.

seafire6b
22nd Dec 2014, 18:33
I've loved this guy's music ever since first hearing "Marjorine", way back in 68.
RIP Joe, your music and inimitable style will go on.

ZOOKER
22nd Dec 2014, 23:57
My first time was hearing 'Woman To Woman', on The Radio 1 Alan Freeman show in 1972.
I'd just done my 'O' Levels and was painting the skirting-board in my aunt's bathroom when it came on.
What an astonishing legacy of music he has left us. Good night, John Robert.

onetrack
23rd Dec 2014, 01:11
Am I the only one totally amazed that Joe actually made it to 70?? He lived hard, played hard, and it showed. RIP Joe, another legend in Rock/N/Roll Heaven, to join all the rest of the greats. Must be some great entertainment up there.

robtheblade
23rd Dec 2014, 07:56
I'm not one to go into mourning for someone who was not close but hearing the news I inwardly shed a tear for Joe.

Vance Arnold and the Avengers were the first band I saw. He was gaining a reputation as a very good singer but was still playing church halls and youth clubs around Sheffield. Just before the curtains opened with the band tuning up came the very first words I heard him say, "stop f*****g about you b******s". As most of the audience were about 14 it caused a few giggles. Unfortunately the vicar who was about to introduce him didn't see the funny side of it.

It was obvious even then that he was something special and would go on to greater things, he didn't let us down. Listen to his 1963 recording of Georgia on YouTube to understand.

His memory will live on as the greatest singer to come out of a city that has produced more great talent than most.

RIP Joe and sleep well, you've earned it.

vctenderness
23rd Dec 2014, 08:14
Carried him ex LAX once in First. Really down to earth, nice bloke. Chatted with the crew during the night not demanding and a pleasure to look after.

Sad loss. Great singer and rock legend.

cjhants
23rd Dec 2014, 08:45
Mad Dogs and Englishmen double LP one of my most prized posessions. The Blue Medley changed my outlook on music forever. Another one of my boyhood heroes passes.

joy ride
23rd Dec 2014, 10:10
A sad loss for sure, but it has over-shadowed the death of Billie Whitelaw. Not that well known, but one of the very best and most intelligent actresses, first call for Samuel Beckett.

flying lid
23rd Dec 2014, 13:00
RIP Joe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijsogLJvBB4

Lid

Noah Zark.
23rd Dec 2014, 16:08
A legend, born in my locale. a lot of his pals were at the same school as me, and it was not infrequent that Joe, having 'knocked' a day off from his job as a gas fitter with the then Gas Board, which he didn't like, would be outside the school when we all turned out at home time.
At one time in his career, he disappeared from the scene, and efforts were made to get in touch with him by the music fraternity. He was found, after a few weeks, propping up the end of the bar in one of our local pubs, with a cheque for $25,000 screwed up in his jeans back pocket. It meant nothing to him.
As with all the other comments, from the great and the good, he was considered a nice, easy going gentle sort of guy. R.I.P.

Gordy
23rd Dec 2014, 16:29
A stand up guy if ever there was one. Long story short, I stayed in his Santa Barbara house back in the early 90's. Drank all his vodka, pee'd while taking a shower etc. His wife Pam's best friend is a helicopter pilot, who was my co-pilot on the US helicopter team, hence the connection---he paid for our tickets and sponsorship for the world helicopter championships. (Of course that was never publicized at the time, because the "official" team sponsor was Bell Helicopter, although they only sponsored the "military" contingent---us civilians were left to our own devices). We stayed at his place the night before flying to the championships.

He gave me tickets to one of his concerts and he took the time to invite myself and GF at the time to his private room back stage so she could meet him too.

RIP Joe.

bcgallacher
23rd Dec 2014, 17:19
Not many of his kind left. Apart from Joe Bonamassa no young blues artists anymore.

westhawk
25th Dec 2014, 07:04
Not many of his kind left.

Yeah, the changing of the guard perhaps. What's currently commercially popular is crap. On that point, every generation seems to agree! Yet it amazes me sometimes how often I hear the twenty-somethings of today listening to the same music I did as a teen in the '70s. I like to think that the emotionally expressive music of that era will be listened to for a long time. Some individuals just strike a chord in the heartstrings of listeners and Joe was one of 'em. I like to think there will be others. And the blues are a great platform for that. Somewhere in some garage or small club...

westhawk