Legacy of the legendary British singer joe cocker entered into an agreement with Irving Azoff‘s Iconic Artists Group will acquire and develop the singer’s 50-year-old catalog. The purchase includes music intellectual property assets, including the singer’s sound recordings, compositions, and interest in his name, image and likeness; Other terms were not disclosed.
After working as a singer in the early 1960s, Cocker debuted in 1969 with a thrilling cover of the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends”, which topped the British charts and, thanks to a huge following, garnered a huge following in the US. has become mainstream. It’s part of his show-stopping performance at the Woodstock festival (and subsequent film). With his strong and unmistakable soul-blues sound and explosive stage presence, Cocker’s popularity has soared with the “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour, live album and film featuring an all-star band wearing the helmets of Leon Russell.
Cocker then stepped back a few years and re-emerged as a hit balladler. In 1974, Billy Preston’s remake of “You Are So Beautiful” reached #5 in the US, and a few years later his duet “Up Where We Belong” with Jennifer Warnes won #1 in the US and a Grammy award. During his 43-year recording career, he released a total of 22 studio albums. He was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown in 2007 and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) the following year for services to music.
Mansion’s Pam Cocker told Variety, “I’ve been thinking about this move for a while. Managing such a wonderful legacy is a huge responsibility. Wanting only the best, I, along with the heirs of the legacy, felt the time was right to hand over this role to Iconic.”
Iconic president Jimmy Edwards said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to tell the story of Joe’s brilliant career as an artist. Our initial focus will be on Joe’s emergence as the song’s leading performer in the late ’60s, early ’70s, when he electrified the world with the Grease Band.Crazy Dogs and the Brits.’ Through social channels and original content, we plan to celebrate not just Joe’s tremendous voice, but a golden age in rock music culture.”
The deal follows Iconic’s recent acquisition of shares in the catalogs of Dean Martin, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt. The company began operations in January 2020 by purchasing a majority stake in the legendary The Beach Boys catalog.