COCKER HAPPY GEORGE IS LIVING PROOF Simon Mills September 15, 2015 Live N Local, News Feed Sadly with the passing of Joe Cocker in Dec 2014 the world lost the wild man of Rock n Blues. His music spanned five decades and pleased both young and old alike. His rough blues style voice and stage presentation set him apart from the rest. Now you can revisit the experience that was Joe Cocker, through the exciting new concept band Cocker Happy, and it all takes place this Sunday afternoon at Davey’s as part of Sunday Soultrain. Bayside’s George Grayland has always presented with an uncanny resemblance to the late great Joe Cocker. A likeness that caught the attention of the legend himself, resulting in numerous meetings between George and his idol Joe both here and overseas. Local fans through the 80’s and 90’s already had dubbed George as our ‘Local Joe’. Through countless performances up front of renowned cover band ‘Living Proof’ and a celebrity status circulating in an era of Karaoke, it was inevitable that George Grayland and his idol likeness Joe Cocker would one day combine for the ultimate tribute…presenting Cocker Happy. From the early days of The Letter through to his last concert Fire It Up. From the haunting You Are So Beautiful to the raunchy Leave Your Hat On Cocker Happy gives you the Music, gives you the Man, gives you the legend that is Joe Cocker. Cocker Happy’s 8pce show band combines local talents boasting over 150 years of music experience, performing in bands such as as Bone Lazy, Living Proof, Half a Bar, Loaded Dice, Side Valve Rock and tribute concepts covering Elvis, The Rolling Stones and Prince and the list goes on. George is joined by Stuart Wyatt on Keys, Nick Burgess on Bass, Dave Hailes on Lead guitar, Ric Jackson on Drums and percussion, Peter Kaighan on Sax and introduces Michelle Hickman and Abra (Magic) Osborne on backing vocals. Cocker Happy makes their debut this Sunday September 20 at Sunday Soultrain, Davey’s Hotel, Frankston. The show starts at 3pm and is free entry.