Joe Cocker remembered for gravelly soulful sound
It was learned Monday that the British singer had passed away in Colorado.
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Raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," has died, his agent said on Monday. He was 70.
The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker's agent, Barrie Marshall, in England, which gave no other details.
He became known as a white soul singer and for his unique stage presence, twisting his body and face into contortions as he sang with his signature husky delivery.
A recording and touring artist in the 1970s, Cocker struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. He had a big hit in 1974 with "You Are So Beautiful," co-written with Billy Preston.
He recorded 23 studio albums, including "Fire It Up," his last in 2012.
Cocker lived in Crawford, Colorado, where he and his wife, Pam, had set up the Cocker Kids' Foundation to support local youth.