Joe Cocker has died after a long battle with lung cancer, reports ITV News. He was 70 years old.
Cocker was known for his bluesy, gravely voice and skyrocketed to prominence with his cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which he performed at Woodstock in 1969.
In 1975, his song “You Are So Beautiful”, reached No 5. in the charts in the US. He also won a GRAMMY award in 1983 for his US No. 1 duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong.”
Photos: Joe Cocker Through The Years
Born in Sheffield, England, Cocker started performing in various groups at a very young age. He formed the Grease Band in 1966, and later performed on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and This Is Tom Jones.
Known for his twitchy, erratic movements on stage, Cocker played SNL in 1976 and was playfully impersonated by John Belushi.
According to CBS Denver, Cocker has lived in the small town of Crawford, Colorado’s since the 1990s with his wife Pam. He called the property he lived on the “Mad Dog Ranch,” named after his 1970 classic live album Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
His last album, Fire It Up, was released in 2011.
Notable deaths of 2014
- B.B. King, Blues Legend, Has Died at 89
- Musicians, Radio Hosts React to Joe Cocker’s Passing
- Joe Cocker, Rock Legend, Dead at 70
- Dawn Sears of the Time Jumpers and Vince Gill’s Band Dead at 53
- Ian McLagan, Former Faces/Small Faces Keyboardist, Dead at 69
On Twitter, multiple artists paid their respects.
So sad to hear of Joe Cocker's passing. "You are so beautiful" is both Joe and Nicky Hopkins piano at their very best. Gonna play it now RIP—
Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) December 22, 2014
Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love. R😎✌️🌟💖—
Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) December 22, 2014
WE LOVED YOU FOREVER, WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS...RIP JOE COCKER.—
Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker....one of my favorite voices ever—
josh groban (@joshgroban) December 22, 2014
Rest in peace Joe Cocker. What a voice and a gift you gave us all.—
Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) December 22, 2014
Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 22, 2014
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