Joe Cocker and Jimmy Page Live in 1983 – Pic of the Week
Our photo of the week finds the late Joe Cocker on stage with Jimmy Page, at a November 29, 1983 stop in Dallas as part of the Ronnie Lane Appeal for Multiple Sclerosis (or A.R.M.S.) tour. Cocker was captured by photographer Mark Bowman in the midst of a signature interpretation of 'With A Little Help From My Friends.'
At the time, these Dallas shows were celebrated as Page's first two in the United States after the demise of Led Zeppelin. (Page had, of course, earlier appeared as a sideman on Cocker's studio version of the Beatles tune.) Today, Bowman's image reminds us how riveting and soulful Joe Cocker's performances always were.
Anyone who attended live gigs featuring Joe Cocker -- who died on Monday at 70 after a long cancer battle -- would bear witness to a complete immersion with his muse, the frenetic body language, and tender finesse he brought to every new take on an unforgettable classic. Whether it was his groundbreaking introduction to the masses at Max Yasgur's farm at Woodstock in 1969, the hilarious send up of his "Feelin' Alright" routine with John Belushi on Saturday Night Live back in 1976, or performances of any of his best-known songs, Cocker was simply unforgettable.
You can see more photos of Joe Cocker and other rock icons at MarkBowmanImages.com.
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