Joe Cocker

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1994 (The 1995 Induction Ceremony)

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With A Little Help From My Friends (1968)
Feeling Alright (1969)
The Letter (1970)
Up Where We Belong (1982)

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Will Joe Cocker be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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As a fan of Joe Cockers for 20 or so years , I was shocked that he has not been inducted to the hall of fame. I have made it my mission to get the man inducted.
Over 20 albums, Woodstock twice (69 & 94 ), performed in front of kings and queens, several Grammy nominations, winning a Academy Award (Officer and a Gentlemen, Up Where We Belong.), charity benefits and concerts, And most of all being a survivor in the business of rock and roll for over 40 years and still touring with sell out crowds around the world.

Posted by Ken on Friday, 06.23.06 @ 18:23pm


He should be in by now. The only thing that I believe has kept him out so far is the fact that he wrote very few of his own material. He did put a stamp on whatever he touched and that should be considered.

Posted by AZ Dave on Friday, 08.18.06 @ 23:07pm


Fist of all, it should not even be a factor that Joe does not write music. Many acts are in the Hall who never penned a note. Do you think all those great Motwon acts that are inducted wrote their own music? They all had the inhouse writing team of Holland Dozier Holland writing all that music history. what mattered was the artists. Joe cocker is the greatest interpretive singer of the modern rock era. His covers in most cases actually blow away the originals. His spastic appearance was a unique visual unmatched by anyone to this day. He has been making music for over 4 decades, and still can perform at a top level. How many artists from that era cab claim that. Songs like "With A Little Help From My Friends", "The Letter", "Cry Me A River", "Feelin Alright", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Delta Lady", "High Time We Went", "You Are So Beautiful", "Up Where We Belong", "Unchain My Heart", "You Can Leave Your Hat On", and "When The Night Comes", are just a small sampling of material from this legendary artist. His performance at Woodstock will live forever in the annals or rock n roll. His famous Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour was one of the great events in rock history. How does thr RRHF get the balls to ignore this man like he never existed, by not even giving him a nomination, let alone an induction. Do you honestly groups like "Blondie", "The Ramones", Percy Sledge, and and many others have had more influence and are more deserving than Joe cocker! Hell, they should give him own wing, when you compare his resume to many artists who are already inducted. I find it shameful that this establishment has all but forgotten about the greatest rock voice of the classic rock generation. He is a true rock legend who deserves the title of ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAMER.

Posted by Tony on Saturday, 02.17.07 @ 09:29am


I am surprised at Cocker's absence. I always thought he was considered a bit of an icon. Am I wrong? Is it being held against him that he primarily covered other's tunes? Should that matter in his unique case?
Seems wrong that he is not in.

Posted by shawn mc on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 11:08am


He is probably the biggest omission. I don't love him but he is a superstar and he's probably the only real great rock star who has been snubbed

Posted by romo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 10:18am


Probably one of the top 5 original voices in rock and roll. Has a depth of feeling in his voice that few other artists have had. In his best songs, you believe he's feeling what he's singing about. One of the greatest moments I've ever seen on TV was John Belushi doing his Joe Cocker impression of Feelin' Alright, and then Joe Cocker himself joing John halfway through the song and the both of them singing and writhing their way throung the song. Funny, mesmerizing, and exhilariting at the same time.

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 13:43pm


Maybe the most "soulful" white man in music history.

Posted by shawn on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 15:08pm


I believe that his performance of ONE is one of his best.I was totaly blown away!

Posted by David on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 05:59am


Joe Cocker has been eligible since 1994 and still has not been inducted. What a huge oversight by the R and RHOF. Not only should he be recognised forhis past performances (Woodstock and Mad Dogs tour especially) but also for the fact that he is still out on the road performing and still making records every couple of years.
Gee the guy even lives in the USA. Come on induct him in 2009.
Howard (Australia)

Posted by Howard BURGESS on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 05:00am


I just saw the legendary Joe Cocker play at Radio City Music Hall, in New York City. Over 6000 people packed the historic venue, and what I witnessed was nothing short of phenominal. The 64 year old claasic rocker brought the house down, with both classic and new material. He is still going strong after 40 years, and is one of the true giants of the classic rock era, who has been shamefully overlooked by the RRHOF. I will be willing to bet, that half of the people who are voting on his induction, have never seen him perform! I cringe, when I think Percy Sledge, Deborah Harry, the Ramones and Patti Smith are in, and Joe Cocker, who's resume blows all of them out of the water is left out in the cold. It is not right, and I am sure it bothers Joe a great deal. He deserves better!

Posted by Tony on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 20:05pm


Not in yet? I'm surprised

Posted by Cafferty S on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 16:59pm


Way over do YES

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 10:41am


I gotta admit, I'm glad he's not in. His version of "The Letter" is the only decent song. I can't stand his cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends." Everytime I hear it, I get a visual of Josh Saviano waving into the camera and running away.

And "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"... he couldn't have picked a better song from Abbey Road to cover? Seriously, folks. A nice groove, but ridiculous song.

And don't even get me started on "You Are So Beautiful."

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:24pm


Are you telling me you didn't like that rousing "falsetto" at the end of that song, Philip...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:26pm


I'm not saying that.

But I am hinting at it pretty darn aggressively. lol

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:31pm


The mere fact that Sir Joe is being snubbed is enough in itself to discredit the entire notion of a Hall of Fame for R&R artists. There must be some shady goings on in the induction process, because his absence proves beyond any doubt, that selection is not based on talent, soul, tenure, or resume'.
The man is totally devoid of ego, and too much of a gentleman to advance his own cause. He has been my absolutely favorite artist for forty some years. Now that I am nearly 70, it would be one of my GREATEST joys to meet this exceptional human being in person. God Bless You, Joe!

Posted by Paul on Tuesday, 04.28.09 @ 15:29pm


"The mere fact that Sir Joe is being snubbed is enough in itself to discredit the entire notion of a Hall of Fame for R&R artists"

No it's not

Posted by Reveinstein on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 07:47am


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Joe Cocker and Sting were to do an album together, it would be called...

What is "Mad Dogs & Englishmen In New YorK?"

(The "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" album was recorded at New York's Fillmore East)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 02:19am


It's petty to exclude Joe Cocker from RR HF.

He's a deserving artist with more than an ample resume.

Dan

Posted by Dan on Monday, 08.17.09 @ 16:47pm


He's a deserving artist with more than an ample resume.

Dan

Posted by Dan on Monday, 08.17.09 @ 16:47pm

I alway wonder why he is not in and some other bands that I won't mention are.....lol

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 08.17.09 @ 20:36pm


I agree he deserves it. What can be done about it?

Posted by Joan on Saturday, 08.22.09 @ 08:17am


I am still not sure how this is possible. Although not old enough to have seen him at Woodstock my father introduced me to Joe at a young age and he is simply the best. There is no other voice like him, or style. He should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by now. It seems almost wrong to call it the rock and roll hall of fame with out Joe in there. He voice defined a generation and although he still performs, his voice today is very different from what it used to be. It would be nice to see Joe get into the hall while he can still perform.

Posted by Matthe Wilkos on Thursday, 05.6.10 @ 11:02am


Coven has more votes than good old Joe about 10 to 1 Only makes sense where would rock be without Coven ....?????????? Heck Sandy Nelson not even listed an Peggy Lee has maybe a 100 votes or more or less.Ringo , Alice Cooper,Three Dog Night Doobie Bros ,Bread..etc etc are nothing compared to Coven ...Do the Math lol

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Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 06.9.10 @ 23:58pm


Induction should not be based on matters of personal taste, but rather the artist's contribution to the genre. Therefore, how could anyone deny that Joe Cocker fully qualifies as an Icon of the highest order? How many artists were headliners at the first Woodstock, over forty years ago, and is still wowing audiences today---but not honored by the RRHOF? I just don't get it! Long Live Joe Cocker!


Posted by Paul on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 15:39pm


Joe Cocker is a major corner stone of Rock & Roll and entertainment. How many from the sixties are still playing today, as much as Joe? I love seeing him in person and would go everytime if I had more money. His music and singing style makes my hair stand up watching him. Since the mid-sixties he has brought joy and happiness into my life as a performer and recording artist. Also, Joe is a most awesome man and humble. I've heard that he gives toys out as Santa Claus every year in his hometown in Colorado, besides he and his wife doing fund raisers, and founding an organization to help kids, etc. I LOVE Joe and his awesome interpretations of other performers songs as well as his own songs. He is a legend and deserves to be in the RRHOF!!!!! Please, honor him now, for his loving fans and to give him respect for all he has done in music and in life for others. What more does Joe have to do to get into the RRHOF? Anyway, THANK YOU JOE!!!!!!

Posted by Richard Elliott on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 18:00pm


With Leon Russell now a Hall of Famer, there's a greater chance for Joe Cocker to be nominated. Leon was the musical director for the "Mad Dogs And Englishmen" tour which resulted in the classic live album of the same name.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 18:26pm


I totally agree with everything Mr. Richard Elliott has so beautifully stated above,as well as, most others. Is there any plausible reasoning as to why Joe is still being snubbed? Is it because of America's obsession with youth, or what? If induction were solely based on merit, as it should be,Joe would have had his own wing years ago! There has to be something evil going on here in order to perpetuate this kind of outrageous injustice. I would love to see a protest at the RRHOF, "Ain't It High Time We Went?".

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 12:42pm


can there really be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Joe Cocker? . . . one of the truly original voices in rock, and one of the great interpreters of everything from hard rock to soft ballads . . . the Hall is, and will remain, incomplete until he is inducted . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 03:17am


Well said, Michael. I can't think of a more blatant snub than ignoring Joe Cocker's contribution to music in general and Rock and Roll in particular by these people in Cleveland. What could possibly be their problem. Do we need to send them a DVD of the "Mad Dogs" tour, or what?
And they are supposed to be the judges of Rock and Roll talent---what a total travesty! Maybe they don't personally dig Joe's style, but what has that got to do with anything.

Posted by Paul on Friday, 02.18.11 @ 10:54am


"Well said, Michael. I can't think of a more blatant snub than ignoring Joe Cocker's contribution to music in general and Rock and Roll in particular by these people in Cleveland. What could possibly be their problem. Do we need to send them a DVD of the "Mad Dogs" tour, or what?
And they are supposed to be the judges of Rock and Roll talent---what a total travesty! Maybe they don't personally dig Joe's style, but what has that got to do with anything."

Posted by Paul

Decisions concerning possible RRHOF inductees are not made in Cleveland. They are made by Jann Wenner and his Induction Committee in New York.

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 02.18.11 @ 12:13pm


Just how would one go about reaching Jann Wenner and his Induction Committee in New York?

Posted by Paul on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 14:02pm


The other day I found myself wondering how I could have missed/forgotten the year that Joe Cocker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then it hit me--he wasn't. Whatever it takes to get it done--it's gotta get done--and soon. I can't spell it out better than the people above.

Posted by Rob on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 19:51pm


I almost joke on my words when I realize with blind astonishment, "Joe Cocker is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" Who in the hell are these 'board' people? The folks that were actually there at the birth and the millions of us to come later who actually know what RR is are very near the breaking point. Last year the 'board' had to be threatened by many current members stating they would walk away if Neil Diamond was not finally given the 'honor. He was but it was a bitter sweet moment for everyone. Diamond should have gone in around the same time as Elton John and Billie Joel. The RRHF is fastly becoming a sad joke if they don't start letting current members do the voting.

Posted by Cole Younger on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 11:13am


I agre Cole. They need to get some new people voting instead of the same few people all the time who are openly biased against bands and genres.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 04.22.11 @ 06:41am


Neil Diamond in the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME??. Joe Cocker NOT?? It makes a mockery of the whole thing.

Posted by Rob on Monday, 05.2.11 @ 20:36pm


madonna and no joe cocker. rock and roll hall of fame should be renamed maby, the hall of shame

Posted by dan on Tuesday, 05.3.11 @ 18:56pm


Joe Cocker NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You all must be kidding--right? Next you'll be telling me that Pete Rose isn't in Baseball's Hall, or some other preposterous thing. Joe Cocker is without question the Absolute GREATEST, Soulfullest, and Most Wonderful vocal artist of his genre. His body of work alone should be enough to earn him his own floor of that shameful place. If you don't believe me, just ask Ray Charles--or, are you going to try to tell me that he isn't in either.
God Bless You, Joe!

Posted by Nunny on Friday, 05.20.11 @ 23:07pm


Maybe,just maybe, Joe Cocker isn't "avant garde" enough for Wenner and his sycophants. I'd love to know who the rest of his coterie are. This long a wait,and any further delay is not only criminal, it's highly insulting.

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Posted by dmmaseoseoseo on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 18:08pm


I am shocked !,, That he is not in

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 18:21pm


I have lived in Ohio for 11 years and have never visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame simply because I think it is a travesty that Joe Cocker has not been inducted. I will never go near the place until they correct this glaring error.

Posted by Russell A. on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 16:32pm


A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without a major tribute to Joe Cocker is shameful and disgusting!
Could there be a Baseball HOF without Mickey Mantle, or a Football HOF without Johnny Unitas, or even a Country Music HOF without Hank Williams,(who happens to be in the RRHOF also)?
I have been a Rock and Roll fan since 1953, but I will never visit the counterfit RRHOF as it exists today, nor will I support it in any way.

Posted by Poppy on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 18:29pm


I agree poppy he is an icon of. rock an roll

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Posted by Mckinley Kastler on Thursday, 06.28.12 @ 21:36pm


The British Bob Seger

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.3.12 @ 08:01am


Don't see the comparison. One of many differences is that Cocker is primarily an interpreter of other peoples' material, while Seger is a songwriter.

Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 08.3.12 @ 17:33pm


Unfair... Joe Cocker is the greatest singer ever!

Posted by Joo Santos on Saturday, 11.10.12 @ 13:25pm


I only know that the RRHOF is missing a hell of a singer. Nobody, and I repeat nobody resembles his style of singing. KUDOS TO JOE COCKER!!!!!!

Posted by Ricardo Jose on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 23:49pm


Shocking,,, he is on already a member of RRHOF!!!

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 07.9.13 @ 23:15pm


Lately I have been on a bit of a mission because I just recently realized that Linda Ronstadt has not been inducted. As a few members of the Eagles have recently stated, " a travesty". Today I was listening to a Cocker tune and had a hold on there moment. A quick google and sure enough another glaring omission. I'm very happy to have found this site. These are two wrongs that need to be righted.

Posted by David Brown on Tuesday, 07.30.13 @ 10:08am


Enough already! How do you start a campaign to get Joe in the RRHF? Wasn't there a Facebook campaign to get Betty White to host SNL? How about something like that? Will someone with the knowledge please start something?

Posted by Dennis Sheahan on Thursday, 09.26.13 @ 16:05pm


Eligible since 1994 and still not in?
Unbelievable!
Joe is a living legend and should have been inducted long time ago.
This is a BIG mistake.

Posted by Norbert Fimpel on Friday, 10.25.13 @ 08:44am


Rock & Roll is changing and it needs to be preserved! Joe Cocker should have been in the RRHOF a long time ago! If anyone has seen a Joe Cocker show you would know why!!! Joe is a Legend!!!

Posted by Eddie on Friday, 10.25.13 @ 09:11am


Joe Cocker is one of the great voices of the 60's and 70's. His version of With A Little Help From My Songs is iconic. He put out relevant music in every decade after. I can't understand what is keeping him out.

Posted by Mike G on Wednesday, 11.6.13 @ 14:28pm


I believe Joe Cocker is the finest living rock singer of his generation, and should be recognized for his contribution. Maybe he is an acquired taste, I don't know, but how could anyone deny his endurance and singular talent?
When compared to other inductees he stands far above most. There is justifiable excuse for this blatant snub. The RRHOF should be accountable to the fans who have made R&R what it is, and those who know the joy of a Joe Cocker performance. But alas, we live in a corrupt world.


Posted by Poppy on Thursday, 03.13.14 @ 11:42am


Surprised Joe Cocker not in RRHOF!!! He usually pops up a few times a decade with a timeless song. Whether it's Up Where We Belong ,When The Night Comes,You Are So Beautiful, With A Little Help From My Friends...

I thought his participation in the historic Woodstock concerts would put him over the top as well his 45+ year career. It shows you the RRHOF has shifting criteria for some artists. I would support Joe Cocker in RRHOF. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 05.20.14 @ 22:30pm


Billy Joel last night, made a plea at his concert at madison square garden that Joe Cocker should be elected into the HOF pronto! Do you know why? Joe is in failing health, and he has been snubbed long enough by these morons who know nothing about rock history, and continue to snub Joe Cocker. I am afraid that Joe will like some before him and die, before he gets a chance to see his day in the sun. He is well deserving, and a rock icon, who deserves to be honored while he is still with us, so his family, friends and fans can enjoy his induction for his SIGNIFICANT contributions to Rock n Roll as one of rocks greatest interpretive singers.His resume speaks for itself. Truly one of the iconic classic rock voices of them all. For goodness sakes, he can't even get a nomination. This is just terrible treatment and an injustice by those who vote, and continue to ignore this mans greatness, even if his peers like Eric Clapton and Billy Joel say otherwise. You see fit to induct rappers, one hit wonders, and much less significant artist's like Blondie. They should be ashamed of themselves. No one is going to convince me that Grandmaster flash and Blondie made more significant contributions to Rock music than Joe Cocker, Simply outrageous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tony on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 00:20am


Billy Joel last night, made a plea at his concert at madison square garden that Joe Cocker should be elected into the HOF pronto! Do you know why? Joe is in failing health, and he has been snubbed long enough by these morons who know nothing about rock history, and continue to snub Joe Cocker. I am afraid that Joe will like some before him and die, before he gets a chance to see his day in the sun. He is well deserving, and a rock icon, who deserves to be honored while he is still with us, so his family, friends and fans can enjoy his induction for his SIGNIFICANT contributions to Rock n Roll as one of rocks greatest interpretive singers.His resume speaks for itself. Truly one of the iconic classic rock voices of them all. For goodness sakes, he can't even get a nomination. This is just terrible treatment and an injustice by those who vote, and continue to ignore this mans greatness, even if his peers like Eric Clapton and Billy Joel say otherwise. You see fit to induct rappers, one hit wonders, and much less significant artist's like Blondie. They should be ashamed of themselves. No one is going to convince me that Grandmaster flash and Blondie made more significant contributions to Rock music than Joe Cocker, Simply outrageous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tony on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 00:25am


Billy Joel last night, made a plea at his concert at madison square garden that Joe Cocker should be elected into the HOF pronto! Do you know why? Joe is in failing health, and he has been snubbed long enough by these morons who know nothing about rock history, and continue to snub Joe Cocker. I am afraid that Joe will like some before him and die, before he gets a chance to see his day in the sun. He is well deserving, and a rock icon, who deserves to be honored while he is still with us, so his family, friends and fans can enjoy his induction for his SIGNIFICANT contributions to Rock n Roll as one of rocks greatest interpretive singers.His resume speaks for itself. Truly one of the iconic classic rock voices of them all. For goodness sakes, he can't even get a nomination. This is just terrible treatment and an injustice by those who vote, and continue to ignore this mans greatness, even if his peers like Eric Clapton and Billy Joel say otherwise. You see fit to induct rappers, one hit wonders, and much less significant artist's like Blondie. They should be ashamed of themselves. No one is going to convince me that Grandmaster flash and Blondie made more significant contributions to Rock music than Joe Cocker, Simply outrageous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tony on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 00:25am


Cocker is a cockey cocker spaniel.

Posted by Timius on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 08:44am


Wow! Is Joe Cocker really ill? I hope he gets better soon...

Posted by Ivo on Monday, 09.29.14 @ 22:38pm


joe cocker does other bands songs better and with more power than the bands that wrote the songs, including the beatles.how can the crappy beasty boy's be in the rrhof but not Joe Cocker? it's outrageous and it's b.s.
MR. Cocker did a 2 hr. concert live in Germany last year 2013 that was amazing and he was 70 yrs old when he did it.

Posted by russell on Friday, 12.19.14 @ 11:41am


R.I.P. Joe Cocker. Had some great music and would be an acceptable hall of famer, in my eyes.

Posted by Steve Z on Monday, 12.22.14 @ 13:46pm


Rest in Peace, Joe Cocker. I agree, Steve Z, he would be a worthy addition to the R&R HoF.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 12.22.14 @ 22:47pm


His music will live on through his daughter, Lorde.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 07:20am


Lorde is Joe Cocker's daughter? Biological or adopted? Please elaborate. I can't find anything online that says she's his daughter. Is Jarvis Cocker, Joe Cocker's son?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 08:37am


It's a joke, Roy. Unless Joe Cocker went thru New Zealand on a tour about 19 odd years ago.

She (IMO) has some of his mannerisms, when she sings.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 10:58am


Rest in peace, Joe. You will be missed.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 18:12pm


Joe should be inducted. Period. Demand it. I boycott all RRHOF events until he is !

Posted by Linda on Friday, 05.15.15 @ 19:32pm


Just wanna get the feel on Joe from the regulars here.... Gassman, PopeCharming, Darren, DarinRG, jtrichey... you guys are surprisingly absent on this thread. Bill G. posted about how the HoF works, but didn't give his opinion either, which would interest me. On a scale of 1-10, how big a snub do you guys rate Joe Cocker? Mainly asking as Charles Crossley, Jr. on Twitter replied to my mid-season report as being as shoo-in to be nominated. I know some of the higher-ups want him in. But I was curious about your opinions, as to whether you think he should be in. I've stated my opinion here.... I would give it the number grade of 3. If he hadn't been at Woodstock, I don't think anyone would be bandying his name about at all. What do you guys say?

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 05.21.15 @ 23:42pm


Philip - To me, Cocker is a credible mid-tier candidate. Not an outrageous snub, but not a facepalm inductee if that time comes.

Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 05.22.15 @ 02:13am


It is difficult for me to be objective about Cocker. I grew up with his music, as my father was a huge fan. But I think DarinRG is right in calling him a credible mid-tier. Not the biggest snub, but if he ever gets nominated, I wouldn't mind seeing him getting inducted.

But he is more than the Woodstock performance. There's the incredible Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour from between 1969 to 1972. His spasmodic on stage mannerisms were so wellknown that John Belushi imitated him on SNL. And let's not forget that his rendition of Randy Newman's You Can Leave Your Hat On is the most iconic striptease song.

Posted by The_Claw on Saturday, 05.23.15 @ 01:54am


Now that he has DIED maybe he will stand a chance to be where he belonged YEARS ago. TRULY a VERY Talented and worthy artist who will be missed

Posted by Donna on Wednesday, 07.8.15 @ 16:22pm


Joe Cocker had one of the greatest rock and roll voices of all time. Everyone comments on music from 40+ years ago. But he continued to make great albums until he died. His last album - Fire it Up - is one of his best. The fact that he is not in the hall of fame diminishes the whole concept of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How many artists from the 60's are still or have put out great music until now? I still hope he gets in, but it's shame that it didn't happen while he was alive. Up until the end his passion was exhibited in his performances.

Posted by Liz on Saturday, 10.31.15 @ 19:24pm


Philip, with all due respect, Joe Cocker is a rock legend. He is more than Woodstock. He proved to be one of the highlights of that festival. His legendary "Maddogs & Englishmen tour during 1970 is considered one of the great rock tours of all-time, and one of the greatest live rock albums ever, right up there with the Allman Brothers live at the Fillmore. The album went platinum, and a critically acclaimed rockumentary of that tour was a hit at the theaters. He is considered Rocks greatest interpretive singer. Many acts in the HOF never wrote a single song, so using the excuse he did not write much material, does not fly as an excuse to keep him out. He had a nearly 50 year career, with hits in the 60's, 70's 80's, 90's and yes even in the 2000's. He was still packing arena's and selling platinum albums in Europe only a year before his passing. Billy Joel. recently petitioned for him to be inducted. I personally saw him many times, an unlike many artist's who can't perform at a high level with advanced age, joe was still able to deliver the goods and bring an audience to it's feet. You make it sound as though he was a one hit wonder? I don't know how old your are, but let me refresh your memory! "With aLittle Help From My Friends", "Feeling Alright", "She Came In Through The Bathroom window", "Delta lady", "The Letter", "Cry me A River", "High Time We Went", "Mindight Rider", "You Are So Beautiful", "Up We We Belong", "Unchain My Heart", "You Can Leave Your Hat On", "When The Night Comes", to name a few. He was nominated for Grammy at least 5 times. Mad dogs & Englishmen nominated for rock album of the year. Unchain My Heart, You Can Leave Your Hat On, When The Night Comes, all nominated for rock songs of the year. "Up where we Belong. won a grammy. Won an oscar for best song in a movie. Received an OBE from the British Empire for his outstanding contribution to rock music. Eric Clapton called him the greatest rock singer to ever come out of England. Now that I have explained how impressive his resume is, it's a horrible oversight, that they never gave Joe this honor while he was alive to enjoy the moment with his family, friends and his millions of fans worldwide. Now, having said that, I want someone to tell me that Grandmaster Flash, NWA, The Ramones, Percy Sledge, Iggy and the Stooges, The late Donna Summer, Blondie, Patty Smith, and I could go on, have had more historical impact on Rock n Roll than Joe Cocker? Even after his recent death, Joe Cocker can't even rate a nomination which doesn't say much about the musical intelligence of those responsible for voting deserving singers into the Hall. Shame on that entire establishment for snubbing truly one of rocks iconic voices and performers of the last 45
years.

Posted by Tony on Sunday, 12.20.15 @ 10:11am


Fair enough, Tony. Woodstock got him in the door, but it didn't keep him in the room. I guess that's a fair evaluation. Still, I'd be hard pressed to put him on a list of Top 100 Snubs.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.20.15 @ 22:11pm


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