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About Joe Cocker

The purveyor of the most blood-curdling scream in pop music history (on his epochal cover of the Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends"), the deeply soulful Joe Cocker was also one of rock's most gifted interpretive singers, with a live show made from the stuff of legend. Cocker's stage trademark was a heaving, herky-jerky style, one cribbed from Ray Charles' passionate motions at the piano. After a breakthrough performance at Woodstock, he enjoyed a wave of success in the 1970s, peaking with the aching ballad (and eventual wedding standard) "You Are So Beautiful." After a brief hiatus, Cocker re-emerged, duetting with Jennifer Warnes on "Up Where We Belong," the theme from AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN, one of the biggest hits of 1982.

HOMETOWN
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
GENRE
Rock
BORN
May 20, 1944

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