Legendary Singer Joe Cocker Dies from Lung Cancer

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Legendary Singer Joe Cocker Dies from Lung Cancer

Another legend said goodbye to the world forever. Joe Cocker, who was known for his memorable cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles, died on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, due to lung cancer.

Cocker had his beginnings in the pubs and clubs Sheffield during the 1960s before soaring to a 40-year singing career with famous songs such as “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.”


A former gas fitter, Cocker was known for his “gritty” voice.

He gained attention from the masses when his revision of “With a Little Help From My Friends” became the number one song in 1968.

Aside from his highly acclaimed revival, he was also famous for his Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour of 1970. He visited 48 cities across America.

“Up Where We Belong” was a duet with Jennifer Warnes for the theme song of the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.” The song was another number one hit for Cocker and gave him a Grammy and Academy Award in 1983.

In 2011, he became an OBE.

The legendary singer made a comeback in 2013 with his arena tour all over Europe. His concert in Hammersmith, London in June 2013 was considered to be his last performance on a big stage.

The music industry was mourning to the loss of a talented artist. Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, said the singer was “simply unique.” Sir Paul McCartney said Cocker “brought so much to the world,” especially with his version of the popular song by The Beatles.

“He turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful,” McCartney said.

Rick Wakeman, Cocker’s friend and keyboard player for the rock band Yes, described the rendition of the famous Beatles song “sensational.” He said Cocker’s unique voice made the rendition unforgettable.


“The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years,” Wakeman told BBC Radio 2.

Cocker recorded a total of 23 studio albums and 40 albums. He lived in Colorado.

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