Joe Cocker is a legendary blues and rock singer who has received a number of prestigious awards including Grammy Awards. This British born singer is very famous for his unique voice and passionate delivery.
Joe Cocker started his music career as a pop singer and he was known as Vance Arnold. But he was not successful at the beginning. Later on, he found rock and blues music to be perfect for him. His success was seen in 1968 with his "A Little Help from My Friends" which was a version of Beatles. Then he saw his second success with "Delta Lady" in 1969, and this was a version of Leon Russell. By these two works, Joe Cocker went gold in U.S. the singer’s first real success came in 1970 when he participated a tour called "Mad Dogs & Englishmen". The tour was successfully filmed and turned into an album.
After 1970, Cocker started to suffer due to drug addictions which hampered the vocal quality of the singer. In 1975, he returned with Ballads. One of his great ballads was "You Are So Beautiful" which is still rated excellent ballad song. A duel song, "Up Where We Belong,” featuring Jennifer Warnes was released in 1982. The song became so hit and won Grammy Award. They won some other prestigious awards at that time. He continued working in the studios to record his solo albums. Up to now, he has more than 20 solo albums and most of the albums are considered hit. He joined with many great artists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page, in a tour to gather money for an organization in 1983. Throughout 1980, the singer got chances to tour in many places for concerts. After getting the 1993 Brit Awards, he was voted for Best British Male.
He did not stop his musical career and continued singing great songs. In 2011, Joe Cocker participated in a benefit show for Cornell Dupree at the Blues club of B.B. King. In the year, 2007, he was given an OBE at the well known Buckingham Palace for his devoted serviced to music. He is also ranked number 97 on the Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list