Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Joe Cocker

Many of us have wondered over the years what on earth Joe Cocker was doing with his hands while he sang. Now we know.

An informed comment by TheCanadaSam on this great clip (embedding is disabled: I’ll embed it later if I remember) of him singing “Delta Lady” on the TV show This is Tom Jones some time in the late 60s, early 70s:
He’s playing left-handed “air bass guitar” – note his right hand is fretting the notes and his left hand fingers are down – plucking the strings as a bass player does. You can check it out in “Woodstock” as well.
He’s right. Cocker is playing the bass part, left-handed. It all makes sense now.

Well, more sense than before.

Children, in those days prime-time television was like this. Famous people performed live with other famous people – other clips from the show on YouTube (and the DVD) show Jones duetting with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and more.

On the other hand, we didn’t have reality TV, celebrity castaways or f***ing celebrity f***ing chefs, so it wasn’t all roses.

Monitor: Chris Bourke


Rob Hosking said...

We also had things like the Ray Woolf Show.

Phil said...

And let us not forget ...Rolf Harris

Stephen Stratford said...

No, please let's do forget Rolf Harris.

Though his version of "Stairway to Heaven" is rather good.

Rory said...

Joe Cocker...time in a bottle...did he also wrote Operator?

Robert Smith (the other one) said...

Of course he mimicked a left-handed bass player. This would all have started with 'With a little help from my friends' which he did at Woodstock. It's a Beatles song, and they had a left-handed bass player. So yeah, it makes sense.

Sort of...

Stephen Stratford said...

"So yeah, it makes sense. Sort of..."

As much sense as anything from the 60s ever did.