I remember Joe when he was a very young lad. We would all be playing football on the Bolehills and Joe would be on the wall playing his harmonica.
Music was in his soul right from the start. Later he was the resident band – Vance Arnold and The Avengers – at St Columbus Church Hall on Saturday nights, He always ended with Georgia. He was great. RIP Joe.
Murlis and Mary Richards
I was so saddened to hear the news of the death of Sheffield’s own Joe Cocker. So many memories, I was only 16 (1964/65) when my friends and I used to follow Joe when he performed at church halls around Sheffield as Vance Arnold & the Avengers, (sometimes we had to go to the church service to be allowed to see the act).
Joe sometimes chatted to us during the interval and I wonder if he ever got fed up with us always asking him to sing Georgia on my Mind, which he always did as his last song.
I don’t have his version of this in my collection but have found him singing it as Vance Arnold on YouTube.
I was so proud when he sang Up Where We Belong with Jennifer Warnes at an awards ceremony. He was awarded an OBE in 2007. Many say his best song was You are so Beautiful which I love, but my personal favourite is his version of Never Tear us Apart.
Rest in peace Joe.
Linscott Road, Sheffield
I remember Johnnie Cocker as a pre-school friend from Tasker Road and a fellow pupil of Lydgate Lane School. He was a very likeable boy and popular with his peers and their parents. He has proved to be incredibly talented. His passing is so very sad.
Janet Bax (nee Cornish)
Devastated by the news. Brilliant rock musician born and bred in God’s own city.