Blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, best known for his gritty voice and great vocals, has died at age 70.
The English-born singer song-writer died on Sunday. He had lung cancer.
His death was confirmed by agentBarrie Marshall, who called Cocker “without doubt the greatest rock-soul voice ever to come out of Britain”.
Cocker, from Sheffield, had a career spanning decades and some 40 albums, his raspy voice known to and loved by generations of blues lovers.
His cover of the Beatles’ song A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in the UK in 1968, and a year later he performed the song at Woodstock.
Other hits included You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong, a 1983duet with Jennifer Warnes that earned him a Grammy and an Oscar. The song was featured in the Richard Gere film An Officer And A Gentleman.
You Can Leave Your Hat On was featured in the 1986 film 9 1/2 Weeks.
Mr Marshall said in his statement that Cocker was “simply unique”.
“Hugely talented – a true star – but a kind and humble man who loved to perform,” Mr Marshall added in a statement.
“Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.”
In 2011 he received an OBE for his contribution to music.
Tributes started pouring in shortly after news of Cocker’s death came out.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr paid tribute to his friend: “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends, peace and love.”
“Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met,” said Edgar Berger, chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment International.
“His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories.”