New York (AFP) – The legendary British rocker Joe Cocker, whose career spans more than four decades and has notably played a cover of “With a little help from my friends” of the Beatles, died in the age of 70 years.
Born in Sheffield, an industrial city in northern England, Joe Cocker died Sunday night in the United States. He was “undoubtedly the greatest rock singer / soul ever produced by the United Kingdom,” said his agent Barrie Marshall in a statement.
“An incredible talent, a true star, but also a good and humble man who loved to perform on stage, “said Marshall.
His record label Sony Music has revealed that the singer was suffering from lung cancer.
And according to the Yorkshire Post, the local newspaper where Joe Cocker came, he died in the US state of Colorado, where he lived for more than twenty years, in the midst of nature, with his wife Pam.
He gained notoriety in the late 1960s with his cover of “With a little help from my friends” Beatles song he had interpreted his voice gravelly at the Woodstock festival in August 1969.
In a tweet, Ringo Starr, former drummer of the “Fab Four”, has also paid tribute to his compatriot. “Goodbye and God bless Joe Cocker, from one of his friends. Peace and Love,” has he wrote.
Paul McCartney, former bassist of the Beatles, has expressed “sadness” in a statement.
“It was a lovely northern guy I loved, I loved his singing. I was thrilled when he decided to sing a cover of + With a little help from my friends, ‘”said Sir Paul.
” We have always loved you and will miss you forever, “wrote his side Steven Tyler, Aerosmith frontman on Twitter
-Drogues and alcohol -.
Among the greatest hits Joe Cocker include “You are so beautiful,” “Unchain my heart” a cover of the classic Ray Charles, “Night Calls”, but also “Up where we belong”, a duet with Jennifer Warnes who was part of the soundtrack of the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.” The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983
Other tube carried by a film. “You can leave your hat on”, heard in “9 weeks 1/2″ with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger in 1986
But Joe Cocker was not much glamor that usually surrounds rock stars. often scruffy, eternal stubble, the skull prematurely balding, it does never hit the headlines with his antics, unlike a Mick Jagger, for example.
However, Joe Cocker also had its dark side. Recently, he returned in interviews he gave on the Roaring 70s who had seen “dive head first” into drugs and alcohol.
“In the early 70s, Drugs and alcohol were invited. Often when you are young and we did in fact, you do not realize how hard it is to get over, once plunged ” , he told the American radio NPR in 2012.
Interestingly, neither his talent nor his success allowed him to be welcomed to the Hall of stars, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it whose singer Billy Joel was moved last September during a concert in New York.