By Author Mark Bego
MARK BEGO is the author of 68 published books on rock & roll and show business. He has been referred to by Publisher’s Weekly as “The Prince of Pop Music Bios,” has had multiple New York Times best-sellers, and he continues to examine the lives of the biggest rock stars in the business, a list which includes, Elton John, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, and dozens more.
JOE COCKER is one of the most dynamic singing stars to emerge from the Twentieth Century, and was one of the most unique, creative, and mem-orable rockers around. With distinctively huge hits like, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and his Number One duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong,” Cocker is a one-of-a-kind legend.
Although he was relatively unknown in 1969 when he took the stage of the Woodstock Music Festival, he quickly rose to fame for his trademark on- stage choreography and anguished blues singing. His album, “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” cemented his international stardom.
Though he was an Academy and Grammy Award winner, Cocker’s life was not always on an uphill track. He suffered from low self-esteem and bouts of depression. It wasn’t until later in his life that he met the love of his life, Pam, who helped him put his personal life back on track before his death in 2014.
Cocker’s life was one of attaining goals, making disastrous mistakes, and ultimately finding happiness and redemption in the eleventh hour. In Joe Cocker: With a LOT of Help from His Friends, every aspect of Joe’s amazing life and career is examined and explained.