The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than forty years . A longtime US resident, Joe Cocker lived on a ranch in Colorado with his second wife Pam.
His death, was confirmed by his agent Barrie Marshall, who said that he had died of an undisclosed illness.
“He was simply unique. It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.” stated his agent Barrie Marshall in his official statement.
Joe Cocker, famous for his raspy voice and wild hip gyrations on stage, rose to fame with his covers of popular songs, including the Beatles song With a Little Help From My Friends, which went to number one in 1968, and Leon Russell’s Delta Lady.
He received a Grammy in 1983 for Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes and was awarded an OBE for his contribution to music in the year 2007.
The Order Of The British Empire, or OBE, is an award granted by the government of the United Kingdom and awarded, typically in person, by the current king or queen of that nation to individuals who have performed excellent work in arts, sciences, public services and charitable efforts.
Joe Cocker went on to create forty albums over his colourful, four-decade career.
A statement from his label Sony Music said: “John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22, 2014 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. Mr Cocker was seventy years old. His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964 and continues till this day. Joe created nearly forty albums and toured extensively around the globe.”
The singer is survived by wife Pam, his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder and two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.
English musician Joe Cocker, one of the heroes of British pop music in the 1960s, passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. He was seventy. ...2.0