Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker (May 20, 1944 — Dec. 22, 2014) was an English soul-rock singer from Sheffield who released back-to-back albums on A&M in 1969. That summer, he floored Woodstock attendees with his full-throated rendition of the Beatles‘ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” His 1970 live set Mad Dogs & Englishmen and third studio album appeared on A&M, followed by three titles on Cube during the mid-1970s, marked by the hit “You Are So Beautiful.”

Cocker bounced between labels for a slew of albums before his comeback ballad “Up Where We Belong,” a duet with American singer Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 romantic-drama An Officer and a Gentlemen. From 1984-onward, he issued a string of albums on Capitol, charting with the 1989 blues-rock ballad “When the Night Comes.”


Early Life

He was born John Robert Cocker on May 20, 1944, in Crookes, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, the youngest son of civil servant Harold Norman Cocker (1907-2001) and Madge (née Lee). According to legend, he got his forename from a childhood game called “Cowboy Joe.”

Growing up, Cocker took to R&B (Ray Charles) and skiffle (Lonnie Donnegan). His brother, Victor, led a skiffle band and invited young Joe on stage one night for a number. Joe formed his first band, The Cavaliers, in 1960 with three friends. After leaving school, he worked for a time as a gasfitter for the East Midlands Gas Board.

In 1961, Cocker played Sheffield clubs as the pseudonymic frontman of Vance Arnold and the Avengers. As the R&B/beat boom took hold, he immersed himself in the works of American bluesmen (John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf). In 1963, his band opened for The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall.

Cocker debuted under his own name with the 1964 Decca single “I’ll Cry Instead,” a Beatles cover produced by Mike Leander (Marianne Faithfull, Barry Ryan). It features guitar-work by Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan. The b-side, “Precious Words,” was written by American Claude Robinson.

In 1966, Cocker linked with bassist Chris Stainton, an old Sheffield mate who’d played in a slew of beat groups (Johnny Tempest and the Mariners, The Cadillacs). They formed the Grease Band and gigged the South Yorkshire circuit, where they were spotted by producer Denny Cordell (The Move, The Moody Blues, Procol Harum).

Cordell got Cocker a residency at London’s Marquee club and oversaw his second single, “Marjorie” (b/w “The New Age of the Lily”), two originals issued on Regal Zonophone. It was followed that October by “With a Little Help from My Friends,” a cover of the popular Beatles song. With its slowed-down, soulful arrangement, Cocker’s version hit #1 on the UK singles chart. It’s backed with the Cocker/Stainton original “Something’s Coming On.”


With a Little Help From My Friends

Joe Cocker released his debut album, With a Little Help From My Friends, April 23, 1969, on Regal Zonophone (UK) and A&M (US).

1. “Feeling Alright” Dave Mason (4:12)
2. “Bye Bye Blackbird” Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon (3:28)
3. “Change in Louise” Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton (3:22)
4. “Marjorine” Cocker, Stainton (2:38)
5. “Just Like a Woman” Bob Dylan (5:18)
6. “Do I Still Figure in Your Life?” Pete Dello (3:59)
7. “Sandpaper Cadillac” Cocker, Stainton (3:18)
8. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin (4:41)
9. “With a Little Help from My Friends” John Lennon, Paul McCartney (5:08)
10. “I Shall Be Released” Dylan (4:36)

Recorded Early 1968
Studio Olympic Studios and Trident Studios, London

Joe Cocker – vocals
David Bennett Cohen – guitar (track 1)
Tony Visconti – guitar (track 2)
Jimmy Page – guitar (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 9)
Henry McCullough – guitar (tracks 3, 6, 8 & 10)
Albert Lee – guitar (track 4)
Chris Stainton – piano (tracks 2, 3, 4 & 7), organ (tracks 2 & 7), bass guitar (tracks 2-10)
Tommy Eyre – piano (track 5), organ (tracks 8 & 9)
Artie Butler – piano (track 1)
Matthew Fisher – organ (track 5)
Steve Winwood – organ (tracks 6 & 10)
Carol Kaye – bass guitar (track 1)
Paul Humphrey – drums (track 1)
Clem Cattini – drums (tracks 2, 4 & 7)
Mike Kellie – drums (tracks 3, 6 & 10)
B. J. Wilson – drums (tracks 5 & 9)
Kenny Slade – drums (track 8)
Laudir de Oliveira – tumba, congas, maracas (track 1)
Brenda Holloway – backing vocals (track 1)
Patrice Holloway – backing vocals (track 1)
Merry Clayton – backing vocals (track 1)
Madeline Bell – backing vocals (tracks 2, 6 & 9)
Rosetta Hightower – backing vocals (tracks 2 & 9)
Sue Wheetman – backing vocals (tracks 3, 6, 9 & 10)
Sunny Wheetman – backing vocals (tracks 3, 6, 9 & 10)
Nick Harrison – string arrangement (track 10)

Production
Denny Cordell – producer
Tony Visconti – mixing engineer
Tom Wilkes – album design
Martin Keeley – front cover photography
Eric Hays – back cover photography
Herb Greene – back cover photography


Joe Cocker!

Joe Cocker released his self-titled second album in November 1969 on Regal Zonophone and A&M.

1. “Dear Landlord” Bob Dylan (3:23)
2. “Bird on the Wire” Leonard Cohen (4:30)
3. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” Lloyd Price (2:15)
4. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” John Lennon, Paul McCartney (2:37)
5. “Hitchcock Railway” Don Dunn, Tony McCashen (4:41)
6. “That’s Your Business Now” Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton (2:56)
7. “Something” George Harrison (3:32)
8. “Delta Lady” Leon Russell (2:51)
9. “Hello, Little Friend” Leon Russell (3:52)
10. “Darling Be Home Soon” John Sebastian (4:49)

Recorded 1969
Studio A&M (Hollywood) Sunset Sound (Hollywood)

Joe Cocker – vocals
Chris Stainton – piano, organ, guitar, arrangements
Leon Russell – piano, organ, guitar, arrangements
Henry McCullough, Clarence White – guitar
Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar
Alan Spenner – bass guitar
Bruce Rowland, Paul Humphrey (miscredited as “Paul Humphries”) – drums
Milt Holland – percussion
Merry Clayton, Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, Patrice Holloway, Sherlie Matthews – backing vocals

Production notes
Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, and Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1969
Produced by Denny Cordell and Leon Russell
Engineered by Henry Lewy, Brian Ingoldsby
Remixed and remastered by Glyn Johns


Mad Dogs & Englishmen

In August 1970, Joe Cocker released the live double-album Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a document of his March 27–28 shows at New York’s Fillmore East.

Side one
1. “Introduction (uncredited: “Turn on Your Love Light”)” (0:44)
2. “Honky Tonk Women” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (3:47)
3. “Introduction” (0:17)
4. “Sticks and Stones” Titus Turner, Henry Glover (2:37)
5. “Cry Me a River” Arthur Hamilton (4:00)
6. “Bird on the Wire” Leonard Cohen (6:37)

Side two
7. “Feelin’ Alright” Dave Mason (5:47)
8. “Superstar” (lead vocal by Rita Coolidge) Leon Russell, Delaney Bramlett (though credited to Bonnie Bramlett for contractual reasons) (5:02)
9. “Introduction” (0:16)
10. “Let’s Go Get Stoned” Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead (7:30)

Side three
11. “Blue Medley” (12:46)
       a. “I’ll Drown in My Own Tears” Henry Glover
      b. “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” Isaac Hayes, David Porter (co-lead vocal by Bobby Jones)
       c. “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
12. “Introduction” (0:21)
13. “Girl from the North Country” (lead vocals by Cocker and Russell) Bob Dylan (2:32)
14. “Give Peace a Chance” Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett (4:14)

Side four
15. “Introduction” (0:41)
16. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” John Lennon, Paul McCartney (3:01)
17. “Space Captain” Matthew Moore (5:15)
18. “The Letter” Wayne Carson Thompson (4:46)
19. “Delta Lady” Leon Russell (5:40)

Total length: 78:44
Recorded 27–28 March 1970
Venue Fillmore East, New York City

Personnel
Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Donna Weiss, Donna Washburn, Claudia Lennear, Denny Cordell, Daniel Moore, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Nicole Barclay, Bobby Jones – vocals
Leon Russell – lead guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocals
Don Preston – guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Chris Stainton – organ, piano
Carl Radle – bass guitar
Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell – drums
Chuck Blackwell, Sandy Konikoff, Bobby Torres – percussion
Jim Horn, Bobby Keys – saxophone
Jim Price – trumpet

Technical
Album cover photography: Jim McCrary
Tour photographers: Andee Cohen, Linda Wolf


Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker released his self-titled fourth studio album in November 1972 on A&M.

1. “Pardon Me Sir” – 3:17
2. “High Time We Went” – 4:25
3. “She Don’t Mind” – 3:13
4. “Black-Eyed Blues” – 4:37
5. “Something to Say” (Joe Cocker, Peter Nicholls) – 5:00

6. “Midnight Rider” (Gregg Allman, Robert Payne) – 4:00
7. “Do Right Woman” (live) (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 7:00
8. “Woman to Woman” – 4:26
9. “St. James Infirmary” (live) (Traditional, Frank Assunto; arranged by Chris Stainton and Joe Cocker) – 6:10)

Joe Cocker – lead vocals, arrangements (9)
Chris Stainton – acoustic piano, Hammond organ, arrangements (9)
Neil Hubbard – guitars
Alan Spenner – bass
Jim Keltner – drums
Alan White – drums
Conrad Isidore – drums (7, 9)
Felix “Flaco” Falcon – assorted percussion
Rebop Kwaku Baah – congas (7)
Fred Scerbo – saxophone
Milton Sloan – saxophone
Jim Horn – saxophone (7)
Rick Alphonso – trumpet
Virginia Ayers – backing vocals
Beverly Gardner – backing vocals
Gloria Jones – backing vocals
Viola Wills – backing vocals, lead vocals (7)
(A sticker placed on original issue albums read “Featuring the Chris Stainton Band and the Sanctified Sisters”)

Production notes
All songs recorded in 1972, except “High Time We Went” and “Black Eyed Blues”, which were recorded in 1971; “Do Right Woman” and “St. James Infirmary” recorded live.
Denny Cordell – producer (1-6, 9)
Nigel Thomas – producer (6-9)
Roland Young – art direction
John Cabalka – design
Peter Smith – photography


I Can Stand a Little Rain

Joe Cocker released his fourth studio album, I Can Stand a Little Rain, on August 7, 1974, on A&M.

1. “Put Out the Light” Daniel Moore (4:11)
2. “I Can Stand a Little Rain” Jim Price (3:33)
3. “I Get Mad” Joe Cocker, Jim Price (3:38)
4. “Sing Me a Song” Henry McCullough (2:25)
5. “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” Jimmy Webb (3:31)
6. “Don’t Forget Me” Harry Nilsson (3:19)
7. “You Are So Beautiful” Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher (2:39)
8. “It’s a Sin (When You Love Somebody)” Jimmy Webb (3:49)
9. “Performance” Allen Toussaint (4:39)
10. “Guilty” Randy Newman (2:46)

Recorded 1973−1974 in Los Angeles

Joe Cocker – lead vocals
David Paich – acoustic piano (1, 8)
Nicky Hopkins – acoustic piano (2, 6, 7)
Richard Tee – acoustic piano (3), organ (3)
Jimmy Webb – acoustic piano (5)
Peggy Sandvig – organ (6)
Greg Mathieson – acoustic piano (9)
Randy Newman – acoustic piano (10)
Ralph Hammer – guitar (1)
Ray Parker Jr. – guitar (1, 8, 9)
Jay Graydon – guitar (2, 4, 8, 9)
Henry McCullough – guitar (2, 6)
Cornell Dupree – guitar (3)
Dave McDaniel – bass (1, 2, 7-9)
Chuck Rainey – bass (3)
Chris Stewart – bass (4, 6)
Ollie E. Brown – drums (1, 8, 9)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (2, 6)
Bernard Purdie – drums (3)
Jimmy Karstein – drums (4)
Jim Horn – alto saxophone (1, 3)
Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone (1, 3)
Jim Price – trombone (1, 3), acoustic piano (4), organ (4)
Mayo Tiana – trombone (1, 3)
Stuart Blumberg – trumpet (1, 3)
Steve Madaio – trumpet (1, 3)
Daniel Moore – backing vocals (1)
Merry Clayton – backing vocals (2)
Venetta Fields – backing vocals (2, 4, 8, 9)
Clydie King – backing vocals (2, 4, 8, 9)
Sherlie Matthews – backing vocals (2, 4, 8, 9)

Production
Producer and Arrangements – Jim Price
Mostly recorded at The Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, 1973 (Tracks 1 & 7-10) / 1974 (Tracks 2-6).
Engineers – Mario Aglietti, Rob Fraboni, Rick Heenan, J.J. Jansen, Nat Jeffrey, Carlton Lee, Ken Klinger, Joe Tuzen and Zak Zenor.
Mixing – Rob Fraboni
Mastered by Kent Duncan at Kendun Recorders (Burbank, CA).
Art Direction – Roland Young
Design – Chuck Beeson
Photography – Steve Vaughan


Jamaica Say You Will

Joe Cocker released his fifth studio album, Jamaica Say You Will, on April 22, 1975, on Cube (UK, Europe) and A&M.

1. “(That’s What I Like) In My Woman” (Matthew Moore) – 3:24
2. “Where Am I Now” (Jesse Ed Davis) – 4:14
3. “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” (Randy Newman) – 3:59
4. “Forgive Me Now” (Matthew Moore) – 3:24
5. “Oh Mama” (Jim Price) – 4:10
6. “Lucinda” (Randy Newman) – 3:53
7. “If I Love You” (Daniel Moore) – 3:55
8. “Jamaica, Say You Will” (Jackson Browne) – 4:15
9. “It’s All Over But the Shoutin'” (Joe Hinton, Johnny Bristol, James Dean) – 3:54
10. “Jack-a-Diamonds” (Daniel Moore) – 3:35

Recorded 1974
Studio The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California

Joe Cocker – lead vocals
Richard Tee – acoustic piano (1, 4, 5, 7-9), organ (1, 5, 7-9), arrangements (1)
Nicky Hopkins – acoustic piano (2)
Jean Roussel – organ (2)
Peggy Sandvig – acoustic piano (3, 6), additional orchestration (3)
Cornell Dupree – guitar (1, 4, 5, 8, 9)
Ben Benay – guitar (2, 3), harmonica (6)
Dan Sawyer – guitar (3)
Henry McCullough – guitar (6)
Chuck Rainey – bass (1, 4, 5, 7-9)
Chrissy Stewart – bass (2)
Dave McDaniel – bass (3, 6)
Bernard Purdie – drums (1, 4, 5, 7-9)
Jimmy Karstein – drums (2, 6)
Joe Correro – drums (3)
Don Poncher – percussion (9)
Jim Horn – alto saxophone (1, 5, 8)
Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone (9)
Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone (9)
Jim Price – arrangements, trombone (1), backing vocals (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9), brass (3), organ (6)
Steve Madaio – trumpet (9)
The Sid Sharp Strings – strings (3, 4)
Buzz Clifford – backing vocals (1, 2, 9)
Daniel Moore – backing vocals (1-9), additional choral arrangements (1, 9), guitar (10), foot stomping (10)
Matthew Moore – backing vocals (1, 3-6, 8, 9)
Carol Stallings – backing vocals (1, 2, 9)
Venetta Fields – backing vocals (2)
Clydie King – backing vocals (2)
Sherlie Matthews – backing vocals (2)
Jim Moore – backing vocals (4)
Cynthia Barclay – backing vocals (6)
Joanne Bell – backing vocals (6)

Production
Producer – Jim Price
Recorded and mixed at The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA), 1973/1974.
Engineers – Mark Aglietti, Terry Becker, Rob Fraboni, Rick Hennan, J.J, Jansen, Nat Jeffrey, Ken Klinger, Tim Kramer, Carlton Lee, Ed Lever, Jim Price, Joe Tuzen and Zak Zenor.
Mixing – Zak Zenor (Tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 10); Rob Fraboni (Tracks 2, 3 & 7); Rob Fraboni and Joe Tuzen (Track 5).
Mastered by Allen Zentz at Allen Zentz Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
Art Direction – Roland Young
Design – Chuck Beeson
Front Cover Photo – Steve Silverstein
Inner Sleeve Photos – Gail Mezey


Stingray

Joe Cocker released his sixth studio album, Stingray, on April 23, 1976, on A&M.

1. “The Jealous Kind” (Bobby Charles) – 3:48
2. “I Broke Down” (Matthew Moore) – 3:26
3. “You Came Along” (Bobby Charles) – 3:48
4. “Catfish” (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy) – 5:20
5. “Moon Dew” (Matthew Moore) – 5:50
6. “The Man in Me” (Bob Dylan) – 3:40
7. “She Is My Lady” (George S. Clinton) – 4:34
8. “Worrier” (Matthew Moore) – 3:15
9. “Born Thru Indifference” (Joe Cocker, Richard Tee) – 6:15
10. “A Song for You” (Leon Russell) – 6:29

Recorded 1975
Studio Dynamic Sound Studios Kingston, Jamaica

Personnel
Joe Cocker – lead vocals
Richard Tee – keyboards, arrangements (1-5, 7–10), organ solo (5)
Cornell Dupree – guitar, guitar solo (1)
Albert Lee – guitar solo (3)
Eric Gale – guitar, guitar solo (4, 7), arrangements (4)
Eric Clapton – guitar solo (8)
Gordon Edwards – bass
Steve Gadd – drums, percussion
Felix “Flaco” Falcon – congas (1, 2)
Sam Rivers – soprano sax solo (1)
Rob Fraboni – arrangements (4, 6)
Tyrone Downie – arrangements (6)
Peter Tosh – arrangements (6)
Lani Groves – backing vocals (2, 6, 7)
Phylliss Lindsey – backing vocals (2, 6, 9)
Maxine Willard Waters – backing vocals (2, 6)
Deniece Williams – backing vocals (2, 6)
Patti Austin – backing vocals (7, 9)
Brenda White – backing vocals (7, 9)
Bonnie Bramlett – backing vocals (8)
Gwen Guthrie – backing vocals (9)
Carlton ‘Carlie’ Barrett – drums (6)
Aston “Family Man” Barrett – bass guitar (6)

Production
Producer – Rob Fraboni
Associate Producers – Mark Aglietti and Richard Tee
Engineers – Baker Bigsby, Neil Case and Rob Fraboni
Recorded at Dynamic Sound Studios (Kingston, Jamaica)
Mixed at The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA)
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA)
Design – Bob Cato at Skybow
Cover Photo and Inside Color Photos – S.L.O.P.
Back Cover – Lee Jaffe


Luxury You Can Afford

Joe Cocker released his seventh studio album, Luxury You Can Afford, in August 1978 on Asylum.

1. “Fun Time” (Allen Toussaint) – 2:39
2. “Watching the River Flow” (Bob Dylan) – 3:16
3. “Boogie Baby” (Phil Driscoll) – 3:51
4. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 5:27
5. “I Can’t Say No” (John Bettis, Daniel Moore) – 2:51
6. “Southern Lady” (Phil Driscoll) – 3:16
7. “I Know (You Don’t Want Me No More)” (Barbara George) – 3:08
8. “What You Did to Me Last Night” (Bettye Crutcher) – 3:28
9. “Lady Put the Light Out” (Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett) – 4:46
10. “Wasted Years” (Phil Driscoll) – 4:49
11. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) – 4:29

Studio Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida); Sea-Saint Studios (New Orleans, Louisiana); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios (Sheffield, Alabama); Elektra Sound Recorders (Los Angeles, CA)

Joe Cocker – lead vocals, harmonica (5)
Barry Beckett – acoustic piano (1, 4, 7, 11), clavinet (1), Fender Rhodes (3), Minimoog (3, 4), ARP String Ensemble (3, 4), Hammond organ (3)
Richard Tee – acoustic piano (2, 5, 6, 8, 9), Fender Rhodes (10)
Allen Toussaint – horn and string arrangements (1, 9), Fender Rhodes (2, 3, 8), Hammond organ (5, 6), clavinet (5)
Randy McCormick – Fender Rhodes (4, 7), clavinet (11)
Billy Preston – Hammond organ (4, 11)
Dr. John – Fender Rhodes (6), Hammond organ (8)
Donny Hathaway – Fender Rhodes (8), acoustic piano (10)
Mitch Chakour – guitar (1), acoustic piano (3)
Cliff Goodwin – guitar (1, 3)
Pete Carr – lead guitar (2, 11), slide guitar (2), guitar (3)
Cornell Dupree – guitar (2, 5, 6, 8-10)
Larry Byrom – lead guitar (4, 7)
Jimmy Johnson – rhythm guitar (4, 7, 11)
Joey Murcia – guitar (5, 10)
George Terry – guitar (5)
Howie Hersh – bass (1, 3)
Chuck Rainey – bass (2, 5, 6, 8-10)
David Hood – bass (4, 7)
Rick Danko – bass (11)
John Riley – drums (1, 3)
Steve Gadd – drums (2, 5, 8-10)
Roger Hawkins – drums (4, 7, 11)
Bernard Purdie – drums (6, 8)
Hank Crawford – alto saxophone (1, 8)
Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone (1, 8)
Ronald Eades – baritone saxophone (2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Gary Brown – tenor sax solo (1)
David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone (1, 9)
Harvey Thompson – tenor sax solo (2, 9), tenor saxophone (5, 7, 8, 11)
Bobby Keys – tenor sax solo (3)
Charles Rose – trombone (2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Marcus Belgrave – trumpet (1, 9)
Phillip Guilbeau – trumpet (1, 9)
Harrison Calloway, Jr. – trumpet (2, 5, 7, 8, 11), horn arrangements (2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Wayne Jackson – trumpet (2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Clyde Kerr Jr. – trumpet solo (7)
Clydie King – backing vocals
Ann Lang – backing vocals
Mona Lisa Young – backing vocals

Production
Producers – Barry Beckett and Allen Toussaint
Executive Producer – Michael Lang
Engineers – Bill Gazecki, Skip Godwin, Gregg Hamm, Jerry Masters, Steve Melton and Alex Sadkin.
Assistant Engineers – Bob Gore, Roberta Grace, Sheila Taylor and David Yates.
Recorded at Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida); Sea-Saint Studios (New Orleans, Louisiana); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios (Sheffield, Alabama); Elektra Sound Recorders (Los Angeles, CA).
Mixing on Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 & 10 – Barry Beckett
Mastered by Terry Dunavan
Mixed and Mastered at Elektra Sound Recorders.
Design – Johnny Lee
Photography – Gary Heery


Sheffield Steel

Joe Cocker released his eighth studio album, Sheffield Steel, in May 1982 Island.

1. “Look What You’ve Done” (Leo Nocentelli) – 4:14
2. “Shocked” (Ira Ingber, Gregg Sutton) – 3:13
3. “Sweet Little Woman” (Andy Fraser) – 4:01
4. “Seven Days” (Bob Dylan) – 5:23
5. “Marie” (Randy Newman) – 2:34
6. “Ruby Lee” (Bill Withers, Melvin Dunlap) – 4:24
7. “Many Rivers to Cross” (Jimmy Cliff) – 3:43
8. “So Good, So Right” (Brenda Russell) – 2:33
9. “Talking Back to the Night” (Steve Winwood, Will Jennings) – 4:49
10. “Just Like Always” (Jimmy Webb) – 3:25

Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Joe Cocker – lead vocals
Wally Badarou – keyboards
Mikey Chung – guitars (1, 2, 4-10)
Barry Reynolds – guitars (1, 2, 4-10), backing vocals (8)
Adrian Belew – guitars (3)
Robbie Shakespeare – bass, backing vocals (3)
Sly Dunbar – drums
Uziah Thompson – percussion
Jimmy Cliff – backing vocals (3)
Robert Palmer – backing vocals (8)

Production
Chris Blackwell – producer
Alex Sadkin – producer, engineer
Paul Wexler – production associate
Benjamin Armbrister – engineer
Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound (New York City, NY).
David Oxtoby – cover painting
Lynn Goldsmith – photography


Discography:

  • With a Little Help From My Friends (1969)
  • Joe Cocker! (1969)
  • Mad Dogs & Englishmen (live 2LP, 1970)
  • Joe Cocker (1972)
  • I Can Stand a Little Rain (1974)
  • Jamaica Say You Will (1975)
  • Stingray (1976)
  • Luxury You Can Afford (1978)
  • Sheffield Steel (1982)
  • Civilized Man (1984)
  • Cocker (1986)
  • Unchain My Heart (1987)
  • One Night of Sin (1989)

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