Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)

GP  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  28 May 1971 (Denmark)
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This classic concert from Joe Cocker was filmed at the Metropol in Berlin on October 31st 1970 with Cocker in fine voice on a strong set with many of his most famous tracks including "Delta... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Stainton ...
Jim Price ...
Himself (as The Band)
Bobby Keys ...
Himself (as The Band)
Jim Gordon ...
Himself (as The Band)
Jim Keltner ...
Himself (as The Band)
Carl Radle ...
Himself (as The Band)
Don Preston ...
Himself (as The Band) (as The Space Choir)
Sandy Konikoff ...
Himself (as The Band)
Chuck Blackwell ...
Himself (as The Band)
Bobby Torres ...
Himself (as The Band)
Jim Horn ...
Himself (as The Band)
Rita Coolidge ...
Herself (as The Space Choir)
Claudia Lennear ...
Herself (as The Space Choir)


This classic concert from Joe Cocker was filmed at the Metropol in Berlin on October 31st 1970 with Cocker in fine voice on a strong set with many of his most famous tracks including "Delta Lady", "Cry Me A River", "The Letter", "You Are So Beautiful" and his definitive take on the Lennon & McCartney classic "With A Little Help From My Friends". Also included are some rarer tracks including his versions of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". Written by Anonymous

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28 May 1971 (Denmark)  »

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Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen  »

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Did You Know?


Joe Cocker found himself in the unusual position of having no band and several concert dates to play when his group Grease Band returned to England ahead of him. He then recruited over 40 of his friends and family to help out, and for the next six weeks, effectively created a touring commune. See more »


Referenced in Dharma & Greg: Mad Secretaries and Englishmen (2000) See more »


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Joe Cocker at his best and one of the Best Rock and Roll Concert Movies
22 December 2014 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Joe Cocker was a spastic, possessed singer who had so much soul. Mad Dogs and Englishmen is a documentary about the singer and his band composed of many rock and roll greats including Leon Russell, Bobby Keys, Claudia Lennear, Rita Collidge, Chris Stanton and Bobby Jones, to name a few. The film is a creation of its time, capturing the hair and the clothing of 1970 when it was filmed in Berlin.

The hard whiskey and cigarette voice lost some pitch over the years, but he continued to tour. This documentary shows Cocker and his best.

The stage is filled with singers and musicians and I wanted so much to be with them then.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen cover soul and R&B classics and some Beatles music. The covers depart from the originals and become unique interpretations of the songs we thought we knew well already.

Cocker's hard-edged voice and his spell-binding movements made him the brightest light of that moment in Rock and Roll. The songs are still among my favorites.


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