Joe Cocker was another celebrity that we lost in 2014. He was an English singer best known for his gritty voice and spastic movements. I was born in 1985, a product of the 80’s and 90’s, and grew up hearing his cover of The Beatles classic “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which I knew mostly as the theme song to The Wonder Years. He took a Beatles song and made it his own. That’s impossible to do, but he did it. Over the years I heard more and more of his songs, I bought a few of his albums, and I even go to see him open for Tom Petty back in 2010. He put on a good show, but I wish I could have seen him in his prime when he could hit all the notes and spasm to the beat like he did in his iconic Woodstock performance. Joe Cocker deserves to be remembered, so please do.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young