Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English singer and musician, Joe Cocker.
Joe Cocker, was an English singer and musician and was best known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs of varying genre.
Joe Cocker began his career singing in the rough and working men's clubs of Sheffield, England during the 1960s. His stage name at the time was Vance Arnold and was part of a band called Vance Arnold and the Avengers.
In 1963, they opened for The Rolling Stones in Sheffield and from that moment on Joe Cocker never looked back and started building his own music career. He got his big break when he covered The Beatles song, "With a Little Help from My Friends" in 1968, topping the UK chart. In 1969, Cocker sang the song live at Woodstock festival.
In 1983, Joe Cocker won a Grammy Award for his US number one hit, "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993, he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male and in 2007, Cocker was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown. In 2008, Cocker received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for his services and contribution to music. Joe Cocker is ranked at the number 97 spot on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest singers of all time.
On December 22, 2014, Joe Cocker died from lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado. He was 70 years old. Cocker used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day until 1991.
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