“You Can Leave Your Hat On"
A tribute to the great and timeless Joe (John Robert) Cocker (May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014). RIP.
Our gentle, 'Mad Dog' man…
Shouting the soul
And feeling the sound.
He rests the weary traveler,
Taking us to the in-between
Where the gravel meets the road
And nothing hides.
Singing every stroke and beat,
Each breath resonates,
Sweet, bared and real…
Every note played in voice
Of impassioned, rasping truth
That calls us like a friend.
We’ll always love you, Joe…
Joe and his Grease Band recorded "With a Little Help From My Friends" in 1968 with Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page. This eventually led to his performance at Woodstock, which skyrocketed him to fame. (Cizia69 of YouTube created the video.)
Initially, Joe didn’t care for this song when he first heard the demo, but changed his mind once they started to lay the music track. It won him the Grammy. (This video was created by Fritz51317 of YouTube.)
The hit single, “When the Night Comes,” is from Joe’s “The Best of Joe Cocker” and “One Night of Sin” albums. It's one of my favorites. (The music video was formed by LockRaen62 of YouTube.)
Joe had fun with this erotic gem, and would later refer to it as the stripper's anthem once it was used in "9 1/2 Weeks.” (Video created by LiberationMusiAus of YouTube.)
Poetry Copyright 2014 by Genna East. All rights reserved.
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