Joe Cocker Performs In Rome. Photo: Ernesto Ruscio, Getty Images

Joe Cocker Performs In Rome. Photo: Ernesto Ruscio, Getty Images

Thank you for all the blues, Joe Cocker!

“Though he came of age musically as a member of the Woodstock generation, Joe Cocker is one of the last of the great rock interpreters. He remains most famous for what he did with others’ words, even in an era that prized songwriting more than singing.  And so, any list of top Joe Cocker songs necessarily includes tunes written by others.

But Cocker chose well — there are catalog items here from the Beatles, Ray Charles, Billy Preston, the Animals and Traffic, among others — and then he often had the guts to radically rework them.  Add in his famous gravel-gargling vocals, not to mention a few foot-stampingly loose jams from a series of ace sidemen, and Joe Cocker’s audacious updates often actually superseded even the celebrated originals.”

Today I leave you with one of my Joe Cocker’s favorites, “You can leave your hat on”… You are invited to sing and dance along…

Baby, take off your coat…real slow
Baby, take off your shoes…here, I’ll take your shoes
Baby, take off your dress
Yes, yes, yes
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on

Go on over there and turn on the light…no, all the lights
Now come back here and stand on this chair…that’s right
Raise your arms up in to the air…shake ’em
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live

Suspicious minds are talking
Trying to tear us apart
They say that my love is wrong
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
I know what love is

See Top 10 Joe Cocker Songs here.

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