John Harris

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The giants of rock are leaving the stage: their music never will | John Harris

The Joe Cocker generation’s unsurpassable sounds and amazingly romantic life stories make it truly legendary

Three days before Christmas, TV news channels announced the death of Joe Cocker, the singer who had begun his adult life as a Sheffield gas fitter, and eventually settled in Crawford, Colorado. His passing, at 70, made it into the bulletins’ opening headlines, partly because his story was replete with signifiers of success and commercial achievement – a Grammy, the OBE – and an indelible association with one song: his cover of the Beatles’ With a Little Help from My Friends, which he had performed at the cultural watershed that was Woodstock.

Earlier this month, the death of another English musician attracted slightly less attention, but in generational terms it was of a piece. Ian “Mac” McLagan was the keyboard player with the Small Faces and their successor group the Faces, and a supporting musician for such artists as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Billy Bragg. In 1991 he played on a Joe Cocker album entitled Night Calls, and among other common aspects of their life stories, they shared the sense of having come a very long way – in McLagan’s case, from his native Hounslow to Austin, Texas.

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