In the early s Cocker began performing in pubs with various bands. The following year Cocker achieved international fame with his passionate live performance of that Beatles song at the Woodstock N. His final studio album, Fire It Up , was released in Cocker was made OBE in Joe Cocker. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.
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John Robert " Joe " Cocker OBE 20 May — 22 December was an English singer known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and distinctive versions of popular songs of varying genres. Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In , along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. For the group's first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter working for the East Midlands Gas Board, later British Gas , while simultaneously pursuing a career in music. Cocker is not related to fellow Sheffield-born musician Jarvis Cocker , despite a rumour to this effect particularly in Australia, where Jarvis Cocker's father, radio presenter Mac Cocker , allowed listeners to believe that he was Joe's brother ,   although Joe was a friend of the family and even did some babysitting for Jarvis when he was an infant. In , under the stage name Vance Arnold , Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working-class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of