During the very first public appearance of Claude Chaney and Friends in late October, 2006 at a place called "La Negrita" on the upper west side John Felder took the mike and sang "With A Little Help From My Friends" in the Joe Cocker style. The audience loved it. It was one of only two outings John had with the group but without a doubt it was among the most memorable.
Immediately after that night I began to revisit Joe Cocker's musical legacy and found it most impressive. In the early days Joe had long hair, a raspy voice and made somewhat unusual gyrations
while imagining himself playing a guitar. After his appearance at Woodstock he immediately became a household name. I first became aware of Joe Cocker in the late sixties when I heard a Dave Mason
Joe had soul, like his countrymen and women, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield and Lisa Stansfield which endeared him to R&B enthusiasts. This unique performer will definitely be missed.