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Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen Memory Book by Linda Wolf

Linda Wolf Book Cover

I just finished reading Linda Wolf’s new book, Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen Memory Book for the second time.  This photo book is a must-have for devoted fans of Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and the incredible short-lived, one tour band, Mad Dogs & Englishmen.  The pictures are incredible (Linda was one of two official photographers who were part of the original Tour), and she recently reunited with many of her original Tour mates at the Lockin Festival, where the first Mad Dogs & Englishmen Reunion in forty-five years took place in September.  In addition to her fantastic pictures are her memories and insights from being there in 1970, as well as the memories and insights of many of the original members of the Tour who she interviewed last summer and fall.  Below are some of the highlights that spoke to me.  I highly recommend this book.  Scott Sansby

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“On March 14, (1970), my friend Sandy Konikoff invited me to go with him to the A&M sound-stage, where rehearsals were starting for what would soon be Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen… On a riser were 25 of the most incredible musicians and singers practicing he song, Space Captain.” p. 4

“The urge to belong is one of the great human impulses, and I wanted to belong.  What was so extraordinary about this Tour is that it was clear everyone belonged—the children, the roadies, the nanny, the girlfriends, the audience—we were all one.” p. 4

“…the infamous Cocker Power jet.  How that plane stayed up in the air with the amount of pot wafting through the cabin, I’ll never know… there was no sitting-in-your-seat-with-the-seat-belt-fastened… It was full on music making and revelry in mid-air until one by one everyone crashed.” p.5

“I’d just turned twenty… I never thought about money or who was paying the bills—of course now I know it was Joe.” p.5

“I can say with all seriousness, the whole experience changed my life.” p.5

“Denny Cordell was one of the great entrepreneurs I’ve know.  In his inimitable style, he quietly orchestrated a feat of magic.” p.16

From an interview with Jim Price:.. “I can’t say I saved his life, but the album we did together kick-started his career again.  It was 1974, and Joe hadn’t done a studio album since 1969.  It was pretty clear that if he didn’t come up with a record soon, A&M would drop him.” p.25

“I feel very sad for Jim Gordon.  His story is tragic.  He knocked Rita out cold one night in the hallway of the hotel. I didn’t know the full story until Rita told it to me recently.” p. 54

“We also know Jim is a murderer.  He’s been in prison since the 1980s, diagnosed with sever psychosis.  He will most likely never get our of prison… He is not a bad man.  He is a very very sick man. Jim went to my high school.  He gave me the camera that got me onto the tour.” p.54

“After the tour, Joe was a wreck.” p.56

“The last time I saw Joe was at the Moore Theater in Seattle, March 6th, 2005… We had not seen each other in thirty-five years, and he cared enough to carry that tape for me in his pocket so he would remember to give it to me.  That is who Joe Cocker is.  That is who Joe Cocker was; a man of heart.  Joe cared about people.  He remembered people.  He loved people.  He was someone who understood the basic human need we all share to feel that we matter.” p.56-57

“I know that the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour was not always easy for Joe.  Or Leon.  I know there were issues after the Tour was over.  There were many rumors—some true, most not…” p.57

Mad Dogs and Englishmen album liner notes and Mad Dogs Diary (1970)

Mad Dogs original Poster

JOE COCKER
MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN

Original 1970 double album liner notes


“Music From The Original Sound Track”

MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN
Including, for your delight, Cosmic Kiddies, English Roadies, Children with the Answers, Cooking Italians, Presidents of Recording Companies, Acrobatics and Displays, The Odd Sane Dog, The Space Choir, Assorted Sound Freaks, and All Elements of the Truth.
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The Mad Dog Diary

11th March 1970.  Joe Cocker flies into Los Angeles with the intentions of recuperating from grueling months on the road and forming a new band to perform with during the coming summer.

12th March 1970.  Dee Anthony (of Bandana Management) flies into Los Angeles bearing the tidings that a seven-week Joe Cocker tour, to begin eight days later in Detroit, has been negotiated and advises Joe that the Musician’s Union, immigration authorities, and promoters involved should be mightily chagrined (to the point of barring him from performing in America henceforth) should he fail to go through with it.

13th March 1970.  Leon Russell, hearing of Joe’s plight, offers his services in forming and playing in a band for Joe to take with him on his tour.  So great is his prowess on the telephone that, by day’s end, ten musicians have been assembled and rehearsals begun.

14th March 1970.  Some three hundred people turn out to watch the new band (which now includes eleven singers as well as ten players) rehearse for twelve hours on the A&M sound-stage.

15th March 1970.  Another twelve-hour rehearsal is held and a private airplane is hired.

16th March 1970.  Eleven more rehearsal hours are put under the collective belt.

17th March 1970.  Yet another marathon rehearsal is staged, this one recorded in its entirety, with “The Letter”/“Space Captain” single resulting.  The entourage, henceforth known as Mad Dogs & Englishmen, now numbers thirty-six, including the musicians, three sound men, two secretaries, three roadies, managers, wives, lovers, assorted children, and other animals.

18th March 1970.
  Someone proposes that the whole tour be filmed.  Another, bigger, airplane is ordered to accommodate the five-man-film-crew supplemented entourage, which now numbers forty-three.

19th March 1970. 
 These forty-three crowd into the new Super Constellation and wing to Detroit, where their first live performance occurs the next day.

27th and 28th March 1970.  Four appearances later Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen arrive at the Fillmore East, wherein this album was recorded in its entirety, the lion’s share coming from the Friday evening shows.

16th May 1970.  After playing their last show together (in San Bernardino, California) and then kissing, embracing, flashing back sentimentally, and crying the odd tear, Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen go their separate ways, but not before having bestowed upon each of us who saw them or have heard this album or will see the film of their adventures a generous dose of joy.

– John Mendelsohn
Vendor of the Cosmic Comma
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Side One

INTRODUCTION   0:45

HONKY TONK WOMEN # $  3:35
(Mick Jagger-Keith Richard)
Gideon Music Inc. BMI

INTRODUCTION  0:18

STICKS AND STONES
 # $  2:30
(Titus Turner-Henry Glover)
Tangerine Music Inc. BMI

CRY ME A RIVER * +  3:50
(Arthur Hamilton)
Saunders Publications Inc. ASCAP

BIRD ON THE WIRE * +  6:15
(Leonard Cohen)
Stranger Music Inc. BMI
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Side Two

FEELIN’ ALRIGHT # $  5:30
(Dave Mason)
Irving Music Inc. BMI

SUPERSTAR
 * +  4:55
(Leon Russell-Bonnie Bramlett)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc./Delbon Publishing BMI

INTRODUCTION  0:15

LET’S GO GET STONED # $  7:15
(V. Simpson-N. Ashford-J. Armstead)
Baby Monica Music/Reneigh Music BMI
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Side Three

BLUE MEDLEY – * +  12:47
I’LL DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
(Henry Glover)
Jay & Cee Music BMI
WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY
(Isaac Hayes-David Porter)
East/Memphis Music Corp. BMI
I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG
(Otis Redding-Jerry Butler)
East/Memphis Music Corp./Time Music Corp. BMI

INTRODUCTION 
 0:20

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY 
 2:30
(Bob Dylan)
M. Witmark & Sons ASCAP

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
 * +  4:20
(Leon Russell-Bonnie Bramlett)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc./Delbon Publishing BMI
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Side Four

INTRODUCTION   0:40

SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW # $  2:50
(John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Maclen Music Inc. BMI

SPACE CAPTAIN * +  4:55
(Matthew Moore)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc. BMI

THE LETTER * +  4:20
(Wayne Carson Thompson)
Earl Barton Music Inc. BMI

DELTA LADY * +  5:35
(Leon Russell)
Skyhill Music Co., Inc. BMI

Musical Arrangements: Leon Russell, Chris Stainton
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THE BAND
LEON RUSSELL (Master Of Space And Time) # guitar, * piano
CHRIS STAINTON (The Foxy Prince Of Roll) $piano, + organ
DON PRESTON (The Gentle Giant) rhythm guitar
CARL RADLE (The Mad Professor) bass
JIM GORDON (The Rock) drums
SNAKEY JIM KELTNER (Floats Like A Butterfly, Stings Like A Bee) drums
CLOUDY CHUCK BLACKWELL  (Direct From The Taj Mahal) percussion and drums
SANDY KONIKOFF (Purveyor Of The Sphincter Phone) percussion
BOBBY TORRES congas
JIM PRICE (The Price Is Right) trumpet
BOBBY KEYES (The Ruby Lipped Essence Of Lubbock, Texas) Tenor sax
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THE CHOIR
DON PRESTON / RITA COOLIDGE (The Delta Lady) / CLAUDIA LINNEAR (Stellar Gypsy) / DANIEL MOORE / DONNA WEISS / PAMELA POLLAND / MATTHEW MOORE / DONNA WASHBURN (Lady Madonna) / NICOLE BARCLAY / BOBBY JONES
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PRODUCED BY DENNY CORDELL (Lunar Tea Cake Snake Man) and LEON RUSSELL for Tarantula Productions

Recorded on March 27-28, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York

Location Engineer: Edwin Kramer

Mixdown and Master Engineer: Glyn Johns, M.B.E.

Design: Tom Wilkes

Photography: Jim McCrary, Cosmina Andee Cohen

Packaging Concept: Craig Braun

Illustration: Ron Wolin

Leon Russell appears with love from Shelter Records
Don Preston courtesy of Stax Records