1970 Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Mad Dogs & Englishmen is a live album by Joe Cocker, released in 1970. The album’s title is drawn from the 1931 Noël Coward song of the same name and Leon Russell’s “Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen”. Only four songs of the 16 on the original album were drawn from his first two studio albums. Besides the contributions of bandmate and musical director Leon Russell, it draws equally from rock (the Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, the Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding). Accompanying Cocker is a choir, a three-piece horn section and several drummers.

The single “The Letter”/”Space Captain”, recorded during rehearsals was released to coincide with the tour. The album yielded the single “Cry Me a River”/”Give Peace a Chance.” “Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen”/”Let It Be” was a single from the movie soundtrack that featured Leon Russell and Claudia Lennear. The Leon Russell song was also released on his album Leon Russell and the Shelter People.


1  Introduction 00:44
2  Honky Tonk Women (Mick Jagger; Keith Richards) 03:47
3  Introduction 00:17
4  Sticks And Stones (Henry Glover; Titus Turner) 02:37
5  Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton) 04:00
6  Bird On A Wire (Leonard Cohen) 06:34
7  Feelin’ Alright (Dave Mason) 05:47
 8 Superstar (Bonnie Bramlett; Leon Russell) 05:02
9  Introduction 00:16
10  Let’s Go Get Stoned (Jo Armstead; Nickolas Ashford; Valerie Simpson) 07:30
11  Blue Medley (Henry Glover; David Porter; Isaac Hayes; Jerry Butler; Otis Redding) 12:46
12  Introduction 00:21
13  Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan) 02:32
14  Give Peace A Chance (Bonnie Bramlett; Leon Russell) 04:24
15  Introduction 00:41
16  She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 03:01
17  Space Captain (Matthew Moore) 05:15
18  The Letter (Wayne Carson Thompson) 04:46
19  Delta Lady (Leon Russell) 05:46



BassCarl Radle
DrumsJim Gordon
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDon Preston
OrganChris Stainton
PianoLeon Russell
PianoChris Stainton
SaxBobby Keys
TrumpetJim Price
CongasBobby Torres
Background VocalsBobby Jones
Background VocalsClaudia Lennear
Background VocalsDaniel Moore
Background VocalsDon Preston
Background VocalsDonna Washburn
Background VocalsDonna Weiss
Background VocalsMatthew Moore
Background VocalsNicole Barclay
Background VocalsPamela Polland
Background VocalsRita Coolidge
VocalsJoe Cocker

Other Musicians

2 Honky Tonk Women

GuitarLeon Russell

4 Sticks And Stones

GuitarLeon Russell

5 Cry Me A River

OrganChris Stainton

7 Feelin’ Alright

GuitarLeon Russell

10 Let’s Go Get Stoned

GuitarLeon Russell

16 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

GuitarLeon Russell

Liner Notes

Producer – Denny Cordell, Leon Russell
Arranged By – Chris Stainton, Leon Russell
Engineer – Eddie Kramer
Mastered By – Glyn Johns

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