Once in a while, a singer appears on the scene with a distinctive voice. I could name quite a few, but I wanted to focus on the late Joe Cocker.
"Joe" Cocker, OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs. Most of my generation would have heard of and held an opinion of him. I was never a fan, until a friend gave me his album ‘Sheffield Steel’ as a birthday present many years ago. What a great album and what an impressive voice he had. It is almost as though his singing voice is the result of endless raucous singing engagements and 1,000,000 booze soaked cigarettes.
There are several tracks on ‘Sheffield Steel’ that really pique my fancy. Of them, I guess ‘Talking back to the night’ and ‘Ruby Lee’ would have to be my favourites.
You can check out Joe Cocker and his famous gravelly voice and and his sensational album ‘Sheffield Steel’ here.
Off course, there were so many other great great songs, I can't help but at least mention this all time classic.
In memory of the late Joe Cocker, a great artist with a great voice.