Joe Cocker Dies at Age 70

Joe Cocker was a British singer who became well known in the 1960s for his rock and blues music. He was famous for his raspy voice and his covers of famous songs became well known around the world. One of his most famous covers came from Woodstock in 1969, when he performed the Beatle’s “With a Little Help From My Friends.” He continued performing late in life, even after battling lung cancer. He died this past Monday, December 22, 2014, at the age of 70 years old. Several people commented on his death and his legacy.

  • “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love.” – Ringo Starr
  • “So sad to hear about Joe Cocker. What an entertainer. One of a kind voice. Rock won’t ever sound the same.” – Kevin McHale
  • “Joe Cocker’s voice blew the roof off of any joint he played. Many people became familiar with Joe Cocker’s versions of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Feelin’ Alright’ before they became familiar with the original versions; many people still refer to them as ‘Joe Cocker songs.’ THAT demonstrates how much a force was Joe Cocker.” – Ryan Arnold
  • “Just like the ‘Golden Era of Hollywood’ with Clark Gable, Gene Kelly and Henry Fonda, Joe Cocker was part of the ‘Golden Era of Rock and Roll.’ There will never be another singer like him.” – Paula Balis
  • “His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.” – Edgar Berger
  • “Oh God. Joe Cocker. The world now feels like a two-legged table.” Hugh Laurie
  • “[That song] totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.” – Paul McCartney

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