“You Are So Beautiful” Singer Joe Cocker Passes Away at 70

by gradycarter

The above video is one of my favorite videos of all time… It is partially one of my favorite videos ever because this hilarious idea for a video came before Bad Lip Reading existed on the internet. A bigger part of why I love that video is because it features a great performer by the name of Joe Cocker at the original Woodstock Festival, and he passed away today…

When I was about 10 or 11 years old I went to my church youth group’s Christmas party, and when at the end of game of Dirty Santa I ended up with a greatest hits album by some strange man named Joe Cocker I was rather disappointed. I didn’t even know who this old man was. When I discovered that he had covered the great song by Alfalfa on Little Rascals “You Are So Beautiful” I was intrigued. I ended up falling in love with Track 1 of the album “Feeling Alright”, and it has actually been my alarm clock for the last 4 or 5 years.

“Feelin’ Alright”

But of course Joe is going to be most remembered for “You Are So Beautiful”

Thank you for the wonderful music, and hilarious performance visuals that will hopefully be imitated for many years to come, Joe. He will be missed.

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Joe Cocker

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness.

He 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.

He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of The Beatles’ With A Little Help from My Friends reached number one.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, Up Where We Belong – from An Officer And A Gentleman – hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award.

He was honoured with an OBE in 2007.

Last year he broke all his own records in arenas across Europe, with a number one album in Germany and what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.

Singer Joe Cocker Dies at 70