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Best of 2017 Coffeeshop Conversations: Bobby Torres: #120 Playing Woodstock with Joe Cocker

By TOM D'ANTONI // First of 2 CC Best of 2017: What really happened when Bobby played Woodstock in Joe Cocker's band...and discover their deep friendship.

When I looked back at the list of Coffeeshop Conversations we did in 2017, I realized what an impossible task I made for myself when I decided we'd run two Best of 2017s at the end of this year. Apologies to those who don't appear, but you can find all of this year's, last year's and the year before that right here. -- Tom

Thanks for coming back for another Coffeeshop Conversation at World Cup Coffee and Tea, NW 18th and Glisan in Portland. We’ve got a special episode today. With me is Oregon Music Hall of Fame Member, percussionist, composer and band leader, Bobby Torres.

Now most of us know Bobby from his many years here in Portland, but not everybody is aware that he had a long and thriving career first with Joe Cockers bands, and then with lots and lots of other top musicians. He even toured with Tom Jones

Did you know he played the first Woodstock festival as a member of Joe Cocker’s band? Today, we’re going to hear all about. The behind the scenes stuff that nobody but an eyewitness can tell us.

Let’s dive in.


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