Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker was an English rock singer, famous for his hoarse voice. Born in 1944, he became famous at the end of the 1960s thanks to his revival of "With A Little Help From My Friends" by the Beatles. Aged 15, Joe Cocker was already scouring the pubs of his hometown to indulge his passion for music. At that time, he performed the great hits of Ray Charles, his lifelong idol. He then founded his first band with his brother and got a taste for the stage. In 1963, he performed with The Rolling Stones, as an opening act for one of their concerts. He finally met with success in 1968 following his performance of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" at the Woodstock Festival. From then on, he played concerts at an infernal pace, giving more than 65 performances in less than two months. The singer finished the tour exhausted and began to drink excessively. His career then went through a period of uncertainty in the 1970s due to his addiction to alcohol and drugs. It was not until 1982 and his duet with singer Jennifer Warnes with "Up Where We Belong" from the film "An Officer and a Gentleman" that he refound fame. In 1987, his release of "Unchain My Heart" even launched his career abroad. In the 1980s, Joe Cocker performed all over the world, taking his rocky voice to every stage on the planet. In 1987, the very sulphurous "You Can Leave Your Hat On" from the film soundtrack of " Nine and a Half Weeks " caused a sensation and took its place at the top of the charts. Cocker was at the height of his fame. In the 1990s, the albums rolled out, no longer having to prove any success. He quietly continued his career until that fateful day in 2014 when a rock legend died of lung cancer...

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