A Cup Of Joe
Joe Cocker, OBE, passed away today. The cause seems to have been lung cancer, if you think that matters. For a guy who was known almost exclusively for covering other musicians’ songs, his departure leaves a remarkable void. I suspect he was best known for this cover of a Beatles song at the Woodstock music festival:
I was always a big fan of “The Letter.” It was orginally done by a sixties white-boy soul band from Memphis called the Box Tops. But again, you almost certainly know it better from Joe Cocker:
He enjoyed a massive renaissance when this cover of a Randy Newman song was used in the sex drama 9½ Weeks:
Maybe you knew this was originally a Ray Charles song, maybe not, but you surely knew that Joe just plain owned it:
He and Jennifer Warnes won a Grammy for this memorable duet:
And I’d be remiss not to include the song that was used to advertise the weekly Creature Feature on the local TV station when I was a kid, which was how first I learned about what a remarkable voice the man possessed:
RIP, Sir Joe.
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