English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s,is most known for his gritty voice, his idiosyncratic arm movements while performinghis cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his song
Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield. He is the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker,Madge Cocker. According to different family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a childhood game called "Cowboy Joe" or from a neighbourhood window cleaner named Joe. Cockers main musical influences growing up were Ray CharlesLonnie Donegan. Cockers first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. For the groups first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a yearCocker left school to become an apprentice gas fitter while he pursued a career in music.