RIP Joe Cocker

One of my all time favourite artists.

Tributes have begun rolling in for English singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was one of the first to share his sadness at Cocker’s death.

“Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love,” he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile actor Val Kilmer also paid his respects on the site.

“Ah. What a mighty mighty original voice is gone. Joe Cocker one of the all time soul of Rock and Roller Kings will be missed forever,” he said in a post.

Cocker’s death followed a struggle with lung cancer.

He is survived by wife Pam, his brother Victor, his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder and two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.

Born in Sheffield in 1944, Cocker rose to success as a blues and rock singer in the 1960s.

His hits included With a Little Help from My Friends, Unchain My Heart, You Are So Beautiful, and the Grammy-winning Up Where We Belong.


– Fairfax


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  • Wheninrome

    An era beloved by so many RIP

  • steve and monique

    You were and always will be an absolute legend Joe. RIP you amazingly talented man

  • ozbob68

    If you ever want to “make love” to music, Joe’s back catalog makes a great accompaniment.

  • 1951

    “You are so beautiful” was released when I had my second child. If ever a song be written for the birth of a child, that was it.

  • nervus

    RIP JOE.

  • ex-JAFA

    About 10 years ago, I followed him around Europe on tour. By which I mean that every place I went, he’d been there the day before!

  • Bluemanning

    Goodbye Joe thank you for the music and the memories, since Woodstock.

  • YankeeManu

    Love lift you up where you belong.

  • Tom McKechnie

    A truly brilliant singer of great songs.

  • willtin

    I will never forget seeing Joe at Western Springs 1972. He appeared to be totally wasted. From memory (what’s left) he was drinking up large on stage yet performed so well.
    I’ve still got the gravel-rash from his voice.
    Rock on Joe. I’m sure my mates are looking after you well, where you are now.