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July 7, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the truly jaw-dropping moments in pop culture of the last 30 years was the 1976 "Saturday Night Live" episode in which Joe Cocker, that week's musical guest, was savaged with a dead-on parody by John Belushi--during Cocker's own performance. The British rocker's idiosyncratic stage delivery, in which he often appeared in the throes of convulsions, as well as his legendary battles with the bottle gave parodists plenty of easy material.
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September 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
After returning to "MacArthur Park" earlier this year, Jimmy Webb returns to record stores with a new album featuring some high-profile duets. Many of these songs have  become part of the fabric of popular music of the late 20th century through the original versions by artists such as Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), Joe Cocker (“The Moon's a Harsh Mistress”), Linda Ronstadt  (“Adios,” “Shattered”) and Glen Campbell (“Where's the Playground,  Susie,” “Honey Come Back”)
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August 5, 1996 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Buddy Guy has advice for young lovers. At the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday (in a concert that also featured Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbirds), Guy offered it as he always has: with explosive bursts of blues guitar and crowd-pleasing humor. "We're going to make it so funky you can smell it," the Chicago bluesman promised early on, standing in front of the logo of the tour's sponsor, the House of Blues.
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November 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Is Alex Clare a singer or a song? In October this bearded Brit reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 with “Too Close,” a dubstep-inflected power ballad originally released on YouTube in early 2011. Co-produced by the cool-hunting hitmaker Diplo, the track took off after it was featured in a Microsoft commercial that aired heavily on TV during coverage of the London Olympics. But take a look at Clare's peak-week company on the chart - Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Pink -- and you might wonder if he just went along for the ride.
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July 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Rock 'n' roller Joe Cocker, who lives less than a mile from neighborhoods ravaged by a June fire that destroyed more than 400 homes, will give a benefit performance with Pat Benatar for fire victims. The "With a Little Help For Our Friends" concert was scheduled for July 31 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. "Many of my neighbors and friends, people I have known for years, have been hurt by this tragedy," Cocker said Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1986 | CONNIE JOHNSON
"COCKER." Joe Cocker. A&M. Listen to the album's opener, "Shelter Me," for an earful of vintage Cocker: sandpapery vocals, gut-wrenching emotion and soul-shouting urgency. If the rest of the album were as revved-up and on-target as that cut, it would be a definite winner. But there aren't enough songs here that fit Cocker's bluesy post-'60s persona. His version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" is well-meaning but embarrassingly off.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
While a sold-out house waited for Joe Cocker to take the stage Monday night at the Wiltern Theatre, a tape of the Blues Brothers' old records was playing--an appropriate choice, given the late John Belushi's penchant for doing raging, wild-man-of-rock impressions of Cocker on "Saturday Night Live." When Cocker did appear, he looked fit as a fiddle--rather like one of rock music's elder statesmen. The only wild thing about him was the print of his leopard-skin jacket.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * "UNCHAIN MY HEART." Joe Cocker. Capitol. Good news for Cocker fans: The old mad-dog Englishman is back with far and away his strongest effort since Nixon was in the White House. Working with the team that oversaw James Brown's last effort, Cocker has recaptured the power of his glory days without sounding like a nostalgia-monger.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Remember the devastating Joe Cocker imitation John Belushi used to do on "Saturday Night Live": twitching movements, bleary eyes and all? Remember the time Joe himself--good-naturedly but misguidedly--joined Belushi for a round of dueling Cockers, apparently oblivious to the fact that at least as many people were laughing at him as with him? Well, Cocker can have the last laugh.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
After returning to "MacArthur Park" earlier this year, Jimmy Webb returns to record stores with a new album featuring some high-profile duets. Many of these songs have  become part of the fabric of popular music of the late 20th century through the original versions by artists such as Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), Joe Cocker (“The Moon's a Harsh Mistress”), Linda Ronstadt  (“Adios,” “Shattered”) and Glen Campbell (“Where's the Playground,  Susie,” “Honey Come Back”)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the truly jaw-dropping moments in pop culture of the last 30 years was the 1976 "Saturday Night Live" episode in which Joe Cocker, that week's musical guest, was savaged with a dead-on parody by John Belushi--during Cocker's own performance. The British rocker's idiosyncratic stage delivery, in which he often appeared in the throes of convulsions, as well as his legendary battles with the bottle gave parodists plenty of easy material.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1996 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Buddy Guy has advice for young lovers. At the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday (in a concert that also featured Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbirds), Guy offered it as he always has: with explosive bursts of blues guitar and crowd-pleasing humor. "We're going to make it so funky you can smell it," the Chicago bluesman promised early on, standing in front of the logo of the tour's sponsor, the House of Blues.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | MAJA RADEVICH
Joe Cocker knows all about hard luck. So when his neighbors lost their homes, possessions and peace of mind to the Painted Cave Fire of a month ago--the worst in Santa Barbara's history--Cocker was eager to plan a benefit concert. Even with hits such as "When the Night Comes" and "Up Where We Belong," many still remember Cocker from his Woodstock and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" days.
NEWS
July 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Rock 'n' roller Joe Cocker, who lives less than a mile from neighborhoods ravaged by a June fire that destroyed more than 400 homes, will give a benefit performance with Pat Benatar for fire victims. The "With a Little Help For Our Friends" concert was scheduled for July 31 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. "Many of my neighbors and friends, people I have known for years, have been hurt by this tragedy," Cocker said Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Remember the devastating Joe Cocker imitation John Belushi used to do on "Saturday Night Live": twitching movements, bleary eyes and all? Remember the time Joe himself--good-naturedly but misguidedly--joined Belushi for a round of dueling Cockers, apparently oblivious to the fact that at least as many people were laughing at him as with him? Well, Cocker can have the last laugh.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
While a sold-out house waited for Joe Cocker to take the stage Monday night at the Wiltern Theatre, a tape of the Blues Brothers' old records was playing--an appropriate choice, given the late John Belushi's penchant for doing raging, wild-man-of-rock impressions of Cocker on "Saturday Night Live." When Cocker did appear, he looked fit as a fiddle--rather like one of rock music's elder statesmen. The only wild thing about him was the print of his leopard-skin jacket.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Is Alex Clare a singer or a song? In October this bearded Brit reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 with “Too Close,” a dubstep-inflected power ballad originally released on YouTube in early 2011. Co-produced by the cool-hunting hitmaker Diplo, the track took off after it was featured in a Microsoft commercial that aired heavily on TV during coverage of the London Olympics. But take a look at Clare's peak-week company on the chart - Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Pink -- and you might wonder if he just went along for the ride.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | MAJA RADEVICH
Joe Cocker knows all about hard luck. So when his neighbors lost their homes, possessions and peace of mind to the Painted Cave Fire of a month ago--the worst in Santa Barbara's history--Cocker was eager to plan a benefit concert. Even with hits such as "When the Night Comes" and "Up Where We Belong," many still remember Cocker from his Woodstock and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" days.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * "UNCHAIN MY HEART." Joe Cocker. Capitol. Good news for Cocker fans: The old mad-dog Englishman is back with far and away his strongest effort since Nixon was in the White House. Working with the team that oversaw James Brown's last effort, Cocker has recaptured the power of his glory days without sounding like a nostalgia-monger.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1986 | CONNIE JOHNSON
"COCKER." Joe Cocker. A&M. Listen to the album's opener, "Shelter Me," for an earful of vintage Cocker: sandpapery vocals, gut-wrenching emotion and soul-shouting urgency. If the rest of the album were as revved-up and on-target as that cut, it would be a definite winner. But there aren't enough songs here that fit Cocker's bluesy post-'60s persona. His version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" is well-meaning but embarrassingly off.
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