Rock icon, Joe Cocker, died today at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer. He came into prominence in 1968 with his groundbreaking remake of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends,” followed by his legendary performance of the song at Woodstock.
But, most of us younger folks (I love saying that) first heard of Joe Cocker from his classic duet with Jennifer Warnes – “Up Where We Belong.” The song was featured on the soundtrack for the movie, An Officer and a Gentleman. It became an international smash hit, and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Joe Cocker even came into our living rooms through our television sets in beginning in 1988, as his classic “With a Little Help from My Friends” was the theme song for The Wonder Years.
In a BBC article, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr said it all:
Sir Paul said he would be “forever grateful” to Cocker for turning With A Little Help From My Friends into a “soul anthem”.
The former Beatle said: “I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away.
“He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we’ll all miss him.”
Other musicians to have paid tribute to Cocker include Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who tweeted: “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker.”
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