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The Legendary Rocker…Joe Cocker

Posted by Janet Werner on July 22, 2012 in Concerts, Music, Reviews |
Joe Cocker at The Woodlands Pavilion

Joe Cocker 2012

Referred to as the greatest white soul singer on the planet, Joe Cocker’s unique fusion of rock and blues, as influenced by Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, differentiated him from mainstream rock at a time when rock and roll was morphing into the psychedelic phase.

Who wasn’t mesmerized with the 1970 “Woodstock Festival” documentary of Cocker’s performance of the Beatles cover, “With a Little Help from My Friends?” Who was this madman with the raspy voice, flailing his arms and playing the air guitar? To even attempt a Beatle song at that time was heresy, yet his bluesy arrangement and physical intensity won the crowd over, and they’ve never wavered in their loyalty. Although not original material, he made this and numerous other covers uniquely his own with his blues arrangements, sometimes surpassing the originals in record sales.

No musical career spans a half a century without a whole lot of talent and a little help from your friends. Friends Paul McCartney and George Harrison allowed Cocker to use another one of their songs, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” on his 1970 live album and film by the same name…Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Drawing equally on rock and soul, the album was mostly comprised of covers: from rock…The Rolling Stones, The Box Tops, Bob Dylan; and from soul…Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding. The album featured a huge choir, brass section, and several drummers. The deluxe 2-record set was an amazing production, and so is his 2012 tour performing many of these popular covers.

Among Cocker’s accolades: the duet, “Up Where We Belong,” which Cocker recorded with Jennifer Warnes for the soundtrack of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song was an international hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo,’ and the Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song.’ Cocker and Warnes performed the song at the awards ceremony.

Where does Cocker rank as a blues rocker? The late great Ray Charles called Cocker his one true disciple. I saw the great Ray Charles perform “Unchain My Heart.” Which version was better? It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Both are great for you and you savor them differently. One’s not better than the other, they’re just different. Well, compare for yourself in these YouTube stock videos.

JOE COCKER – unchain my heart – LIVE

Ray Charles- Unchain My Heart (Original)

Editor’s Note
Joe Cocker w/ Huey Lewis & The News * July, 2012 @ CWMP

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It’s Not Just Lunch

Posted by Janet Werner on July 13, 2012 in Business Spotlight, Restaurants, Woodlands Events |

It’s not just lunch at Chick-fil-A; it’s an event. Cow Appreciation Day on Friday the 13th, was just one of many novel ideas employed by the Chick-fil-A Marketing Team to ‘herd’ people into their two locations in The Woodlands. Customers were encouraged to attend the event dressed in their bovine best. Those completed decked out […]

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What to do this summer?

Posted by Janet Werner on July 6, 2012 in Concerts, Music, Restaurants, Reviews, Riverwalk, Woodlands Events, Woodlands Waterway |

July 6, 2012 Now that the several major concerts scheduled before the end of summer. Legendary rocker, Joe Cocker, will perform on July 21, as will Huey Lewis & the News, and bands Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Rascall Flatts, and Motley Crue, are just a few more of their star-studded attractions. Dosey Doe has […]

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Shooting Star

Posted by Janet Werner on June 25, 2012 in Reviews, Woodlands Events, Woodlands Texas |

One of the stars of the new film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” attended the premier at the Cinemark  Tinseltown Theater in The Woodlands. Featured in the film was an authentic reproduction, fully functional, U.S. Model 1841 6-Pounder smooth bore cannon, measuring 65” and weighing approximately 1850 lbs. The cannon belongs to the Confederate Reenactment Group, […]

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The Divine Il Divo!

Posted by Janet Werner on June 21, 2012 in Concerts, Music, Recreation, Woodlands Events |

The four male singing sensation, Il Divo (Italian for ‘divine male performer’) will peform a divine concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this evening. You may already know that this multi-national vocal group, who sing operatic pop, were put together by music mogul, Simon Cowell. After hearing Andrea Bocelli sing, Cowell was inspired to […]

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4th of July The Woodlands

Posted by Janet Werner on June 20, 2012 in Concerts, Market Street, Music, Non Profit, Recreation, Town Center, Woodlands Events |

…Fun, Festivals, and Fireworks The Woodlands has launched its own fireworks salvo in response to other July 4th events throughout Montgomery County. The prequel to the 4th of July celebration will take place the night before at the 4th of july page. During the heat of the day, cool off at any one of the […]

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The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour…Fun, Fun Fun!

Posted by Janet Werner on June 9, 2012 in Concerts, Music, Recreation, Reviews, Woodlands Events |

The crowd felt the ‘good vibrations’ from the first note the Beach Boys harmonized, at the Friday night performance in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Their trademark style sounded as strong as it did five decades ago, as they embark on their 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. The crowd was more than pleasantly surprised. It was […]

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Lounging at the Lagoon

Posted by Janet Werner on June 4, 2012 in Concerts, Music, Recreation, Woodlands Events |

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band were ‘lounging at the lagoon’ until the crowd traipsed over from the block party to join them. Both the Pavilion stage and the attendees were decked out in island regalia, as the party set sail for Margaritaville. No one has more fun at Buffett’s concerts than he does; […]

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Hot Town, Summer in the City!

Posted by Janet Werner on May 26, 2012 in Concerts, Non Profit, Recreation, Woodlands Events |

The Houston Symphony featuring Tiempo Libre, turned up the heat at the end of what had been a hot summer-like day, with “Hot Night in Havana,” at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this past Thursday, May 24. The show featured Latin standards, Santana covers, and of course, Cuban music with its wide assortment of traditional percussion […]

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