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英国蓝调摇滚歌手Joe Cocker去世

2014-12-23    来源:BBC    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 after cancer battle
英国蓝调摇滚歌手Joe Cocker去世

享誉60年代的传奇摇滚歌手Joe Cocker于12月22日死于肺癌,他因翻唱The Beatles的《With a Little Help from My Friends》成名,并分别于1999年、2008年获《Mojo》和《Rolling Stone》杂志“史上百大歌手”称号。那首很多人会在不同的浪漫电影里都听到的歌-You Are So Beautiful就是由他唱红的。


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

The Sheffield-born singer 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 died after battling lung cancer, was "simply unique".

Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who "brought so much to the world".

Cocker's friend Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends "sensational" and said: "He had a voice that was just unique."

Wakeman told BBC Radio 2: "The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years."



Sir Paul McCartney: "He turned the [Beatles] song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful"

Known for his gritty voice, Cocker - a former gas fitter - 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 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.

He was also well-known for his Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour of 1970, which visited 48 cities across the US.

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 2011.

Last year, his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.

Cocker, who recorded 23 studio albums and 40 albums, lived in Colorado, in the US.

Mr Marshall said it was with "the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night".

Joe Cocker performs Up Where We Belong with Jennifer Warnes

He continued: "He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain and remained the same man throughout his life."

Mr Marshall described Cocker as a "true star" who was also "a kind and humble man who loved to perform.

"Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him," he added.(BBC)



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