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50 Great Quotes By Joe Cocker That Will Get You In Your Groove

Famous As: British Singer and Musician Known for His Album ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’
Born On: May 20, 1944
Died On: December 22, 2014
Born In: Crookes, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Died At Age: 70
Joe Cocker was a celebrated English musician and singer. He was distinguished for his sporadic body movements and plucky voice. In 1968, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’, his rearranged song with ‘Beatles’ became a rage in the UK. TV series ‘The Wonder Years’ used his version as their theme song. He bagged numerous awards and accolades for his music and songs which included ‘Grammy Award’. He was also awarded a bronze ‘Sheffield Legends’ plague in 2007. For his outstanding services to music he was also awarded an OBE at Buckingham Place in 2008. We have rounded some interesting, motivating, enlightening and famous quotes and sayings by Joe Cocker which have been corralled from his lyrics, songs, thoughts, interviews, works, public utterances and life. Presenting popular and notable quotable quotes and thoughts by Joe Cocker.
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There are people who'll dismiss me as 'just' a singer. That's how it is, how it's always been, but just because I'm not hunched over a piece of paper with a pen in my hand doesn't mean I'm not putting in the graft.

There are people who'll dismiss me as 'just' a singer. That's how it is, how it's always been, but just because I'm not hunched over a piece of paper with a pen in my hand doesn't mean I'm not putting in the graft.

Joe Cocker
Rock and roll came into my life when I was about 12, 13, when Little Richard and Chuck Berry had just started hitting the shores of England.

Rock and roll came into my life when I was about 12, 13, when Little Richard and Chuck Berry had just started hitting the shores of England.

Joe Cocker
I never picked up a guitar as a kid, partly because my dad didn't want the noise in our little back-to-back in Sheffield.

I never picked up a guitar as a kid, partly because my dad didn't want the noise in our little back-to-back in Sheffield.

Joe Cocker
I think to be a good songwriter, you have to be able to play an instrument.

I think to be a good songwriter, you have to be able to play an instrument.

Joe Cocker
I used to get so carried away while I was on stage that I'd be physically damaged by the end of a concert.

I used to get so carried away while I was on stage that I'd be physically damaged by the end of a concert.

Joe Cocker
I always encourage my promoter to see if we can go someplace new. And he'll go, 'OK, how about Armenia?'

I always encourage my promoter to see if we can go someplace new. And he'll go, 'OK, how about Armenia?'

Joe Cocker
I used to slap my hip to keep a beat.

I used to slap my hip to keep a beat.

Joe Cocker
In me soul, I'm gentle.

In me soul, I'm gentle.

Joe Cocker
I could never deny myself bein' an artist.

I could never deny myself bein' an artist.

Joe Cocker
I'm no good at breakin' off with people.

I'm no good at breakin' off with people.

Joe Cocker
I like to use effects, but a lot of the time I just can't deal with these tracks with all these artificial sounds.

I like to use effects, but a lot of the time I just can't deal with these tracks with all these artificial sounds.

Joe Cocker
When I used to put an album out, I knew everyone on the charts. There weren't that many bands. Now, I couldn't even name half the new groups.

When I used to put an album out, I knew everyone on the charts. There weren't that many bands. Now, I couldn't even name half the new groups.

Joe Cocker
People have said I played some pretty amazing gigs in the seventies, but in all honesty, I probably played one good show in three.

People have said I played some pretty amazing gigs in the seventies, but in all honesty, I probably played one good show in three.

Joe Cocker
When I look back, I didn't take care of myself at all.

When I look back, I didn't take care of myself at all.

Joe Cocker
I'm getting older; you realise you are on the countdown of what you are doing, so performing means more than it ever did to me.

I'm getting older; you realise you are on the countdown of what you are doing, so performing means more than it ever did to me.

Joe Cocker
I don't think you can live as long as I have in rock n' roll and not take a few hard knocks.

I don't think you can live as long as I have in rock n' roll and not take a few hard knocks.

Joe Cocker
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.

Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.

Joe Cocker
It's all a matter of hearing what I like and seeing if I can make it fit into my style.

It's all a matter of hearing what I like and seeing if I can make it fit into my style.

Joe Cocker
Yeah, one of the main ways is for songs that make me want to move.

Yeah, one of the main ways is for songs that make me want to move.

Joe Cocker
For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.

For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.

Joe Cocker
Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing.

Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing.

Joe Cocker
It's nice to get a response from the artists that I cover.

It's nice to get a response from the artists that I cover.

Joe Cocker
Don't go on American Idol, I think you'll spend the rest of your life living it down and I think it's getting kinda scary, isn't it?

Don't go on American Idol, I think you'll spend the rest of your life living it down and I think it's getting kinda scary, isn't it?

Joe Cocker
I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.

I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.

Joe Cocker
Over the years, I've worked with just about everybody.

Over the years, I've worked with just about everybody.

Joe Cocker
Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.

Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.

Joe Cocker
I have sung to large crowds since then, and there is a feeling that once you get over 100,000 people, you kind of lose the control element, you don't know if you are really getting through or not.

I have sung to large crowds since then, and there is a feeling that once you get over 100,000 people, you kind of lose the control element, you don't know if you are really getting through or not.

Joe Cocker
I have always been a sucker for ballads, but you have to be careful these days, you can't overload people.

I have always been a sucker for ballads, but you have to be careful these days, you can't overload people.

Joe Cocker
Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda... my set list is basically like my hits, there is a good reason why they are there; people really like them.

Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda... my set list is basically like my hits, there is a good reason why they are there; people really like them.

Joe Cocker
It's interesting, as I said on the last tour in America, the audience actually came out, they had to have been the kind of fans who listened to my music via their parents, you know what I mean?

It's interesting, as I said on the last tour in America, the audience actually came out, they had to have been the kind of fans who listened to my music via their parents, you know what I mean?

Joe Cocker
I had a job when I was 16 at a gas fitter, which was a bit like a pipe fitter.

I had a job when I was 16 at a gas fitter, which was a bit like a pipe fitter.

Joe Cocker
Back then, I, most rockers loved Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis... you know in the '60s.

Back then, I, most rockers loved Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis... you know in the '60s.

Joe Cocker
Unfortunately I was in New York when 9/11 happened.

Unfortunately I was in New York when 9/11 happened.

Joe Cocker
I was in Germany when the wall came down.

I was in Germany when the wall came down.

Joe Cocker
I've been touring now since about '68.

I've been touring now since about '68.

Joe Cocker
Europe is usually where I am usually galloping around.

Europe is usually where I am usually galloping around.

Joe Cocker
To be on the road, even if you're not that happy, is all right, as long as I'm pourin' me heart into it.

To be on the road, even if you're not that happy, is all right, as long as I'm pourin' me heart into it.

Joe Cocker
God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?

God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?

Joe Cocker
The world is a tougher place to live in than it was back then, as we come into the computer age.

The world is a tougher place to live in than it was back then, as we come into the computer age.

Joe Cocker
'You Are So Beautiful,' I think, is probably the, you know, the strongest tune I ever did in just the simplicity in it.

'You Are So Beautiful,' I think, is probably the, you know, the strongest tune I ever did in just the simplicity in it.

Joe Cocker
I think the only thing I would've ever been any good at was probably being a pub landlord. I've thought of that a couple of times.

I think the only thing I would've ever been any good at was probably being a pub landlord. I've thought of that a couple of times.

Joe Cocker
I still like the stuff from the old days: Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway.

I still like the stuff from the old days: Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway.

Joe Cocker
I love songs that have a rocking and grooving feeling.

I love songs that have a rocking and grooving feeling.

Joe Cocker
In the end, I don't think you can find soul. Soul finds you.

In the end, I don't think you can find soul. Soul finds you.

Joe Cocker
Making music, if you're a real musician, you carry on regardless in this world.

Making music, if you're a real musician, you carry on regardless in this world.

Joe Cocker
My strongest audiences are in Germany and France - they stuck with me through my dark days in the '70s.

My strongest audiences are in Germany and France - they stuck with me through my dark days in the '70s.

Joe Cocker
A lot of times when you're young and carefree, you don't realize, when you tip over the edge, how difficult it is to climb back in.

A lot of times when you're young and carefree, you don't realize, when you tip over the edge, how difficult it is to climb back in.

Joe Cocker
If you're going to have a cabin fever, have a big cabin, you know.

If you're going to have a cabin fever, have a big cabin, you know.

Joe Cocker
I have one message for young musicians around the world: Stay true to your heart, believe in yourself, and work hard.

I have one message for young musicians around the world: Stay true to your heart, believe in yourself, and work hard.

Joe Cocker

A lot of times, it's nice to open, because the heat's off you. You just go out and blast your set and say to whoever's going to finish, 'There you go.' Even though when you first start, people are drifting in, and that's kind of a bit disconcerting.

Joe Cocker