El­liott’s liv­ing the dream fronting Cocker band

Hayes FM presenter Hughie Dixon re­views the live band scene

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

EV­ERY­BODY has a mu­si­cal hero and Hilling­don singer El­liott Tuf­fin’s was UK rock/ soul leg­end Joe Cocker from as far back as he can re­mem­ber. Hear­ing ‘Delta Lady’ and ‘With A Lit­tle Help From My Friends’, the Bea­tles cover which rock­eted Joe to star­dom af­ter his 1969 Wood­stock per­for­mance, in­spired the young El­liott to be­come a vo­cal­ist and con­se­quently mod­eled his style on Joe’s.

El­liott’s huge ad­mi­ra­tion for Joe led him to meet his idol more than 10 times.

Al­though hugely re­spected lo­cally as a singer El­liott’s en­thu­si­asm for gig­ging waned af­ter more than 25 years and he de­cided to call it a day around mid 2013.

Fur­ther­more his world was shat­tered when Joe Cocker passed away in De­cem­ber 2014 and El­liott con­tin­ued to main­tain his Joe Cocker fan page on Face­book.

Then like a bolt out of the blue in Jan­uary 2016 El­liott is mes­saged on so­cial me­dia by Deric Dyer who he knows to be Joe Cocker’s sax­o­phon­ist re­sid­ing in the USA.

Un­be­knownst to El­liot, af­ter see­ing his fault­less ren­di­tions of Joe Cocker songs on YouTube the ex-band mem­bers had con­versed and de­cided to in­vite El­liott to join them for a one-off show in Worces­ter, Mas­sachusetts, USA.

To cut a long story short, El­liott was flown out on Novem­ber 28 2016. The sched­uled one-off show sold out in hours so an­other show was added, which also sold out. El­liott Tuf­fin re­turned to Hilling­don af­ter per­form­ing three sold out gigs at the Bull Man­sions Ho­tel in Mas­sachusetts.

The events were filmed for an up­com­ing doc­u­men­tary and Mr Tuf­fin is now about to sign a con­tract for fronting Joe Cocker’s band for a tour of North Amer­ica start­ing in May this year with UK and Euro­pean gigs to fol­low.

Not many get to fill the shoes of their ul­ti­mate idol. Not many have the right cre­den­tials. El­liott ob­vi­ous does, al­though he humbly in­sists “It’s all about Joe”. You can fol­low events on www.cock­er­rocks.com.

The moral of this story? Never give up on your dreams. Happy New Year.

RE­SPECTED: El­liott Tuf­fin (cen­tre) pic­tured with the Joe Cocker Band

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