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Monday’s Music Moves Me
A couple of weeks ago I featured one of my hometown’s favorite sons, Leon Russell. While I love a lot of rock music, I guess my tastes have always leaned a little toward the blues side of the genre. I like the keyboard and guitar work usually found in blues music and there is no substitute for a little gravel in the voice. So today I am featuring another voice from my late sixties favorites. Today we will hear from Mr. Joe Cocker. One thing I have noticed about the music from the late sixties is that major artists seemed to be willing to collaborate on each other’s albums. If you read the credits on Joe Cocker albums you will find musicians like Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Dickie Betts, Billy Preston, Jimmy Page, Rita Coolidge and Paul McCartney playing back-up roles. I suspect that doesn’t happen as often any more because of contract obligations. Joe started his musical career singing covers of Ray Charles and other blues artists. Several of his hits were cover songs. Paul McCartney said that Joe turned “With a Little Help From My Friends” in to a blues anthem and Paul was forever grateful. Joe hit the U.S. music scene with his appearance at Woodstock in 1969. Some of you younger readers may have to look that up. So, let’s get this party started “With a Little Help From My Friends”.
One thing you will notice that is a carry over from the blues influence is that the songs have a tendency to be longer than the typical top 40 radio hits. This next video comes from late in Joe’s career. You can tell that Cocker has returned to his blues roots and this is the sound that most Joe Cocker fans came to hear.
Another classic blues song that I have heard sung by Delbert McClinton and others gets the Cocker makeover and the results are showstopping.
One of my favorite Joe Cocker albums is “Organic” and one of my favorite songs from that release is “Into the Mystic”.
The last entry in this post is a song that speaks to a desire that most of us have. All of us would like to be understood and when we speak we may be thinking, “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Have a blessed week.
Encore performance. No overview of Joe Cocker would be complete without “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” As Elvis would say, “Thank you, thank you very much.”