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R.I.P. Joe Cocker

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Joe Cocker is remembered best for singing “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which closed out his set at Woodstock in 1969, and for the love song “You Are So Beautiful.” He was also renowned for his jerky movements and sometimes incoherent lyrics, parodied by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live. In 1983 Cocker won a Grammy for the song “Up Where We Belong,” the duet with Jennifer Warnes from the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. You might not be aware that he received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace in 2008. Today, his agent Barrie Marshall has confirmed Cocker’s death.

Last year his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.

Mr Marshall said it was with "the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night".

"He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain and remained the same man throughout his life."

He described Cocker as a "true star" who was also "a kind and humble man who loved to perform".

"Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him," he added.

Joe Cocker was 70.


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