Joe Cocker has died:
The Sheffield born singer-songwriter had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who is reported to have been battling lung cancer, was “simply unique”.
Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who “brought so much to the world”.
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 in 1968.
He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.
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 in 1983.
He was made an OBE in 2007. . .
Woodstock opened 41 years ago today.
Joe Cocker at Woodstock With A Little Help From My Friends.
Creedence Clearwater Revival live at Woodstock with Bad Moon Rising.
I was too young to take much notice of Woodstock, but I remember dancing to this at high school and Bible Class dances a few years later.
On August 15:
1040 The Scottish King Duncan was killed by his cousin MacBeth.
(Donnchad mac Crínáin)
1015 1057 Macbeth was killed.
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born.
1771 Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was born.
Raeburn’s portrait of Sir Walter Scott
1912 US chef Julia Child was born.
1914 The Panama Canal opened.
1945 World War II ended with the surrender of Japan, marked as VJ Day.
1947 India gained independence from Britain.
1948 The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was established.
1950 Princess Anne was born.
1969 The Woodstock music and art festival opened.
It’s 40 years since Woodstock opened.
This weekend I’ll be featuring some of the artists who sang there, beginning with Joan Baez singing We Shall Overcome.