New York (AFP) – British singer Joe Cocker, whose career spans more than four decades and which in particular interpreted “You are so beautiful,” has died at the age of 70, announced his agent Monday.
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.
He gained notoriety in the late years 1960 with her cover of “With a little help from my friends” Beatles song he had interpreted his hoarse voice 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.
Among his biggest hits include “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.”