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Rock legend Joe Cocker dies

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Joe Cocker passed away on December 22, 2014. (PHOTO: Facebook) Joe Cocker passed away on December 22, 2014. (PHOTO: Facebook)
KHQ.com - British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70.

His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.

Cocker was most known for being one of rock's greatest interpreters by putting his unique spin on the music of others, including The Beatles, Ray Charles, Traffic, and Leon Russell. 

The ballad "You Are So Beautiful," with Cocker's voice cracking on the final emotional note, was a Top Ten hit in 1975. He reached the top of the charts in the 1980s with the duet "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, that appeared in the movie "An Officer and a Gentlemen."

Cocker also had hits with Randy Newman's song, "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and "When the Night Comes."


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