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Published:December 22nd, 2014 15:40 EST

Joe Cocker Dead at 70

By Robert Paul Reyes

"English singer Joe Cocker has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

Cocker was probably best known for his 1968 version of the Beatles` "With a Little Help From My Friends.` "


CBS News

Growing up my favorite rock singer wasn`t Jim Morrison of the Doors or Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, I just couldn`t identify with those smooth and handsome singers.

My favorite rock dude was Joe Cocker, now there was a performer I could identify with: He looked like a Mack truck ran over his face, sounded like he had marbles in his mouth, and danced like he was spastic.

I always planted my transistor radio next to my ear whenever a Joe Cocker song was played on my favorite AM radio station.

I`m sure all the saints in heaven welcomed Joe with a rendition of " You Are So Beautiful."

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