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John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs. Cocker's cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969.
Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield. He was the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker, and Madge Cocker, née Lee. Pam Baker, a local summer camp director and fan of Cocker's music, married Cocker on 11 October 1987. The couple resided on the Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado. Cocker died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado
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