R.I.P. Legendary Joe Cocker

R.I.P., Joe Cocker. He has died of lung cancer at age 70. He moved to Crawford, Colorado (in Delta County) in the mid-1990's where he and his wife Pam built the Mad Dog Ranch.

Cocker lived with his wife, Pam, on a 240-plus-acre plot he called "Mad Dog Ranch," named after his 1970 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour, where they moved in 1995 from California. The 17,000-square-foot home they built was host to personal concerts and a garden where, in a juxtaposition to the hard-partying, drug-using reputation he held in the 1970s, the rocker tended to his tomatoes.

In Crawford, a town of less than 400 about 50 miles southeast of Grand Junction, Cocker became a well-known and well-liked member of the community, separated from his days connected to the Rock and Roll greats of which he belonged.

Here's a profile of his non-rock star life there (from the Denver Post in 2008.) [More...]

Here's Joe Cocker singing Help from My Friends in in Germany in 2013 and in 2002.

He had one of the most instantly recognizable voices I can remember. He put so much passion into every song he sang. A true legend. May he rest in peace.

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    Great, great singer. He'll be remembered. (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by desertswine on Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 09:12:53 PM EST

    And not just for his tomatoes. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 12:01:10 AM EST
    We used to drive over (none / 0) (#3)
    by fishcamp on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 07:04:36 AM EST
    from Aspen to Crawford, to see him and eat BLT's, with his fantastic tomatoes.  He wasn't always in the restaurant, but when he was, it was always a wild affair.  His presence will be missed.

    Sad news... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by kdog on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 08:26:09 AM EST
    such a signature voice...a true original.

    And of the very few who could cover a tune and outshine the original...like Hendrix with "All Along The Watchtower", Cocker did it with "Feelin' Alright".  Such a killer version.

    My friend Mike Finnigan (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 10:32:40 AM EST
    Was Joe's Musical director and played the Hammond in the band.  Got me some tix to a show when they came through a few years ago.

    If you go over to "Crooks&Liars" there is a daily post called Mike's Blog Roundup.  This was started by the aforementioned Mr. Finnigan, who in addition to being a world-class musician, is a world class liberal blogger.

    A few years ago he gave up daily contributions, but the post is hosted by a succession of writers, but it is still named in his honor.

    You Are So Beautiful. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 12:33:11 PM EST
    and will be missed. Spent yesterday afternoon at work with Mr. Cocker in my earbuds.

    All of the above, and a good sport too (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Tue Dec 23, 2014 at 11:49:01 AM EST
    I remember ROFL before there was such an acronym..seeing this actually Live!on Saturday Night

    RIP Joe, a true legend.