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 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 11:37 pm
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R.I.P. to the rock 'n' roll legend.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30582761



Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70, his agent has confirmed.

The Sheffield born singer song-writer had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed he had died of an undisclosed illness.

He was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts," he added.

Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.

He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of The Beatles' With A Little Help from My Friends reached number one in 1968.

He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, Up Where We Belong - from An Officer And A Gentleman - hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.

He was made an OBE in 2007.



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.

'Etched in our memories'

Among the musicians who have paid tribute to Cocker, were the Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, who tweeted: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker."

Singer song-writer Frank Turner tweeted: "Wow. Sad to hear of Joe Cocker's passing. Incredible singer."

BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz said Cocker may have had "the finest blues soul voice ever to come out of Britain".

Edgar Berger, chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment International, who signed Cocker, said he was "one of the most humble men I've ever met.

He said his voice "will forever be etched in our memories".



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 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 11:48 pm
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R.I.P. Had true "soul".

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I loved this guy. RIP to a once in a lifetime type of singer.



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Fantastic singer. His 'duet' with john belushi on snl was classic. Apparently he didn't know that Belushi was going to mimic him.
Sorry I'm on my phone and don't know how to link it from YouTube

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Well Cry me a River.

RIP Joe. If he had cancer, I guess he's Feeling Alright now.

Awesome performer



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I dug a lot of his songs... RIP



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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2014 07:21 pm
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the squared circle wrote: Fantastic singer. His 'duet' with john belushi on snl was classic. Apparently he didn't know that Belushi was going to mimic him.
Sorry I'm on my phone and don't know how to link it from YouTube

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http://www.q1043.com/onair/gerry-martire-1372/joe-coocker-and-john-belushi-feelin-13089240/



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I would have thought he was older than 70. He's been old for 40 years.



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His version of You Are So Beautiful may be the most heartfelt song ever recorded. It's a rare thing when you can actually hear someone pouring themselves into a song like that.



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