The songman born John Robert Cocker has always possessed a grittier, more soulful voice than anyone would expect from a northern Brit. But Cocker, a fan of Ray Charles and company since childhood, honed his own vocal instrument with an authentic bluesy grit only enhanced, over time, by his own hard living. In the early 1960s, he hit the pub circuit of his native land, playing under various aliases; later that decade he struck out with his own Grease Band, setting himself apart as a top-notch reinterpreter of others' tunes. His hell-raising, call-and-response rendition of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," captured best... More >>>