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Joe Cocker was an English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements. Most of his best known singles were covers of songs by other artists.
His first album featured a recording of The Beatles' WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, which brought him to near-instant stardom. The song reached number one in the UK in 1968, became a staple of his many live shows. His 1974 cover of YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL reached number five in the U.S.
In 1976, Cocker performed FEELIN' ALRIGHT on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him onstage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements.
Six years later, Cocker recorded the duet UP WHERE WE BELONG with Jennifer Warnes for the soundtrack of the film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song was an international hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo. The duet also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Cocker and Warnes performed the song at the awards ceremony.
Cocker was among hundreds of artists whose original material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.