Only a few months after The Wonder Years finally came to DVD, allowing a new generation to hear his better-than-the-original cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends,” singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70. According to the BBC, he passed away from an “undisclosed illness.”
[His agent] said he was “simply unique” and “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.” Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time. (Via)
Like most, my first encounters with Cocker were radio hits “You Are So Beautiful” and “With a Little Help from My Friends,” but check out his 1970 album, Mad Dogs & Englishmen — there’s some great stuff on there, including a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” with Leon Russell. And be sure to watch John Belushi’s impression of him on SNL.