Joe Cocker’s Mad Dog Ranch: the late singer’s home sweet home in Colorado

Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, CO

The architect John D. Kelley designed Joe Cocker’s 16,000 square feet home situated on 243 acres. The property sold in 2017 for $3.875 million

I’ve been a fan of Joe Cocker’s music since Leon Russell produced  “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” in 1970, so this assignment from Colorado Expression magazine to write about the late singer’s Colorado estate was a high note.

“We can safely assume that the British Blues-rocker Joe Cocker sang in the shower at Mad Dog Ranch,” I wrote. “Yet the home was intentionally designed without a music studio, according to the gritty-voiced Grammy-winner’s widow, Pam Cocker. Her favorite place in the mansion was the library.

The architect John D. Kelley’s primary influence was Glencraig, an estate in Newport Rhode Island, designed in 1926, by Harrie Lindenberg.

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