Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of northern England with his superb backing group, The Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends," and the album by the same name went gold in the U.S in 1969.
Earlier that year I spent a week with Joe and the band in Yorkshire. Struggling musicians, they stayed in a bed & breakfast while playing 2 gigs a night, one of which was in a bar in a bowling alley. Back in London, I went with Joe to visit George Harrison at Apple, the Beatles' office, while George taught him "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" for his second album.