Joe Cocker, was an English singer…..who was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and distinctive renditions of popular songs of many different genres…..from rock n roll to blues to ballads to soul to pop et al…..as his recording of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached # 1 in the UK in 1968….then he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969….and performed it again the same year at the Isle of Wight Festival….and at the Party at the Palace concert in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II…..then his version became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. Cocker’s 1974 cover of “You Are So Beautiful” reached# 5 in the US.
Joe Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US # 1 hit “Up Where We Belong”….which was a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993, Cocker was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male…. in 2007 was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown…..while in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Joe Cocker was ranked # 97 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 greatest singers list.
As seen in this video herewith….where Cocker is live in concert singing a song that seems to speak to speak to him….for we here at ImaSportsphile believe that Joe Cocker performs “Don’t Need No One To Sing My Song” as an expression of who he was as a singer.