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Remembering soulful rocker Joe Cocker in 5 performances

Joe Cocker died on Monday at the age of 70 from lung cancer, according to his agent Barrie Marshall. The British rocker, who hit the American music scene in the late 1960s, will be remembered for his gut-wrenching raspy vocals and distinctive gestures on stage.

His performance of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the 1969 Woodstock music festival established him within the American rock consciousness. Cocker became known for his soulful reinterpretations of songs by other artists, including the Box Tops’ “The Letter” in 1970 and “You Are So Beautiful” in 1975.

In 1983, he won a Grammy Award for his No. 1 single “Up Where We Belong,” recorded as a duet with Jennifer Warnes for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

His unique performances earned him an impersonation by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live in 1975. The following year, the two performed on the late night comedy show together.

In honor of the singer, Art Beat collected five of Cocker’s most famous performances, spanning a career that saw the release of more than 20 studio albums. Watch them, in chronological order, below:

“With a Little Help From My Friends” performed at Woodstock in 1969

“Feeling Alright” performed on Saturday Night Live with John Belushi in 1976

“Up Where We Belong” performed at the Grammy Awards with Jennifer Warnes in 1982

“You Are So Beautiful” performed at Woodstock in 1994

“With a Little Help From My Friends” performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace with Phil Collins and Brian May in 2002

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