Joe Cocker, king of the rock anthem

Oh, I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes, I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

Joe Cocker died on this day, December 22, 2014, in Crawford, Colorado, at the age of 70.

No mystery as to the cause of death. He had smoked forty cigarettes a day until he quit in 1991.

“Joe Cocker was without a doubt the greatest rock-soul singer ever to come out of Britain,” said music agent Barrie Marshall.

In 1968 Joe Cocker took a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney called ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ and transformed it into a song for the ages.

“I remember him and producer Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing what they’d recorded,” said Paul McCartney. “It was mind-blowing, he totally turned the song into a soul anthem.”

The three big things people remember about the 1969 rock festival Woodstock are: Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix played there — and Joe Cocker performed ‘With a Little Help from My Friends.’

The song and Joe Cocker’s rendition defined Woodstock.

Joe Cocker had a distinctive style when he was on stage.

“He begins the performance as if the music is taking over his body and soul,” said rock writer Nick D. Bambach. “He looks like a man possessed waiting for the spirits to be released from within.”

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