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Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70 Following A Battle With Lung Cancer

Joel Jean-Pierre / AP

Joe Cocker performs during the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival in Rabat, Morocco Thursday night May 26, 2011.

Joel Jean-Pierre / AP

Rock and blues artist, Joe Cocker, died of an "undisclosed illness," BBC reported Monday.

The singer-songwriter's career spanned 40 years and included hits like "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong." 

His version of the Beatles's "With A Little Help From My Friends" became a number one hit in the UK in 1968 and he played it live at Woodstock the following year. That version eventually became the theme to TV's The Wonder Years.

 

 

On NPR - Joe Cocker: The 'Hard Knock' Life Of A Singular Singer