John Robert “Joe” Cocker,(20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and definitive versions of popular songs.
Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ “” reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at in 1969, and at the concert for the in 2002. His version also became the theme song for the TV series .
His 1974 cover of ““, reached number five in the US. Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 for his US number one “ “, a duet with .
In 1993 Cocker was nominated for thefor Best British Male, in 2007 was awarded a bronze plaque in his hometown, and in 2008 he received an at for services to music. Cocker was ranked number 97 on ‘s 100 greatest singers list. From wikipedia:
RIP, Joe Cocker!
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