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Paul McCartney has mentioned how he was blown away when first hearing Joe Cocker’s version of “With A Little Help From My Friends”, and which he said the man from Sheffield turned into a “soul anthem”.

Paul remembers Joe Cocker – PAUL MCCARTNEY

What Joe Cocker brought to music and how his extraordinary performance at Woodstock introduced many to this wild looking man in a tie-dye t-shirt and caught in the moment of his performance and the passion of the song without any thought of Rock Star poses is firmly etched into many minds.

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Everything that can be written about Mr Joe Cocker is out there and there’s nothing I can say that would matter. But reading the tributes and background checks, a few things caught my eye and jogged the old memory bank: That Jimmy Page played guitar on “With A Little Help From My Friends”. That Cocker Power also tackled the Beatles’ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”.

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That the documentary, “Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs And Englishmen” was really the Leon Russell Show after the star attraction gave himself up to drugs for misguided salvation.

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There lives on his incredible recording of Dave Mason’s “Feeling Alright”. That voice singing about Rita Coolidge- the “Delta Lady”- and something I never knew: Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, though uncredited, co-wrote “You Are So Beautiful” with Billy Preston.

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Thanks for the memories, music and honesty through your music, Joe Cocker. There are so many songs I wish you could have turned into your own- but none more so than another Billy Preston song, “That’s The Way God Planned It”. And He did. Rest In Peace, Brother.

Hans Ebert
Chairman and CEO
We-Enhance Inc and Fast Track Global Ltd
www.fasttrack.hk