Singer Joe Cocker Dead At 70

Monday, December 22nd 2014, 2:39 pm
By: News On 6

English singer Joe Cocker has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

His agent confirmed his death to CBS News.

Cocker was probably best known for his 1968 version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which also served as the theme song to the hit TV series "The Wonder Years." He performed that song live at Woodstock in 1969, along with the tracks "Something's Comin' On," "Let's Go Get Stoned" and "I Shall Be Released."

Joe Cocker joined with Tulsan Leon Russell on Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen live album released in 1970.

He had another hit in 1975 with the single, "You Are So Beautiful," and in 1983 picked up a Grammy Award for "Up Where We Belong," a duet with Jennifer Warnes. His other songs include "Feelin' Alright."

"We were a little bit spaced-out in the late '60s. We also thought we were -- I don't know, we just thought we'd live forever and stay young forever and get taken up into outer space, you know, by a flying saucer or something," Cocker told CBS News in June 1990. "I never really thought of -- I mean, my life as a career until just a few years ago."

In 2007, he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to music.

Cocker's most recently album, "Fire It Up," came out in 2012.

"Making an album, to me, is a bit like making a painting, you know, you've got 12 songs, and it's color," he said in a statement at the time. "I don't like everything to be one mood."