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Gene Black - Joe Cocker Band


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Gene has been a member of the Joe Cocker band since 19.In the late 80s Gene partnered with writer Holly Knight and formed a band for Chrysalis records.  "Device" cracked the top ten in several west coast radio markets. The pair also penned several top ten hits including Hearts "Never" and Rod Stewarts "Love Touch". During that time, Gene also recorded extensively with Tina Turner, and was later introduced to Joe Cocker by Tina's manager, Roger Davies.Gene recorded and performed with many well known artists in Los Angeles, including Rosemary Butler (Jackson Browne), Pat Torpey of Mr Big, and the late John Purdell (Foreigner).Gene joined forces with Detroit rocker Marcus Malone after seeing him perform in a club in Toledo Ohio. The Marcus band opened shows for Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stories, Meatloaf, The New York Dolls, and many others. After inking a recording deal with United Artists records, the band members relocated to Los Angeles. The project was short-lived and eventually the band broke up. A bit disillusioned with the recording business, Gene went back to playing nightclubs. After several years in the L.A.club scene he returned to writing and performing original music.Ohio native Gene Black (born Gene Block) first made a name for himself in Detroit rock clubs and recording studios. While still in his teens, he recorded with Chicago blues legend Luther Allison, at Motowns iconic facility: Hitsville USA.

Gene Black - Joe Cocker Band