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English rock and blues singer, Joe Cocker, started in 1960. In addition to vocals, Cocker plays the harmonica, guitar, and drums. He is well-known for playing covers of famous songs, especially by The Beatles. Throughout his career, he has earned a Grammy Award for the song, “Up Where We Belong,” has been named #97 on Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Singers List,” and has a total of 22 studio albums.

Cocker’s main musical influences were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. In 1966, he started the Grease Band with Chris Stainton. The band, with a number of different members who came and went, toured across the US and Europe. His cover of “With A Little Help From My Friends” hit #1 on the charts and was used as the theme song for The Wonder Years. During the tour, the band played at festivals, including the Newport Rock Festival, Denver Pop Festival, and Woodstock. He also performed on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, This Is Tom Jones, and Saturday Night Live.

Over the years, Cocker continued to tour and make performances around the world. In the 80s, notable performances include at Royal Albert Hall and on The Tonight Show. He also played at Woodstock ’94 as a member of the alumni who played at the very first festival in 1969.

In the film Across the Universe, Cocker performed as lead singer for “Come Together” and played a minor character. He embarked on another North American tour in 2009 in support of his album, Hymn for my Soul.

His latest album, Hard Knocks, came out in 2010, but was released in the US in 2012. He will tour in promotion of the album in North America starting on July 13 in California. Cocker will play Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on August 1.