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Joe Cocker: the last song

by Luca Manzoni
December 23rd, 2014

Grief has affected the world of Rock: Joe Cocker is dead. An intense life on stage that has marked the history of music, a unique way of singing, moving and express a personality that has seduces millions of fans.

English by birth, born in Sheffield in 1944, he soon abandoned his career as a plumber to devote himself to music. In the ’60s he debuted with his rough voice and his rock-blues but was Woodstock to consecrate him, where he sang “With a Little Help From My Friends”, from the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “, with the sound cooperation of Jimmy Page.

In the United States he found success in the 70s with songs like “Cry Me a River” and “Feelin ‘Alright”, passing though a dark period of excesses. He came back in the eighties in a duet with Jennifer Warnes with the song “Up where we belong“, soundtrack of the film “An Officer and a Gentleman”, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Song in 1983.

In the following years he sang tracks entered into music history, as “You can leave you hat on“, on which Kim Basinger made the legendary striptease in “9½ Weeks” and “What are you doing with a fool like me” and “When the night comes. “Since then he has continued to sing, last year his tour was a huge success, consecrating a music legend that has forever marked the history of rock.

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