Joe Cocker: The Woodstock Screamer Was A Master Interpreter

By Rebeka Knott
Joe Cocker performing on stage at the Whisky a Go-Go with the Grease Band in 1969. (Photo by Jim McCrary/Redferns)

Joe Cocker's Woodstock performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends" was one of the highlights of the festival, and gained him international exposure. With songs including "Feeling Alright," You Are So Beautiful," and "Up Where We Belong," Cocker established himself as one of the great song interpreters of the '70s and '80s. Cocker was best known for his rustic and gritty vocals as well as his unexpected and unorthodox body gyrations and movements while covering all genres of pop culture songs of his heyday.