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Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Cocker began his career in the 1960s and went on to win a Grammy and Academy Award

23 December 2014, 7:28am
Singer and songwriter Joe Cocker has died aged 70, after a battle with lung cancer.

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

Known for his gritty voice, Cocker - a former gas fitter - 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 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. One year after that, his Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour of 1970 visited 48 cities across the US.

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 2011.

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