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Joe Cocker made others' songs his own
Joe Cocker made others' songs his own

Joe Cocker regarded musical genres the same way he did musical notes: as mere suggestions. Over the course of a career that spanned a half-century — ending Monday, when he died at age 70 at his home in Colorado — the English singer blurred the lines separating rock, soul, country and blues, pulling deeply from each to create a sound as stylistically expansive as it was specifically rooted in one man's outsized emotion. And he did it in a voice that famously maintained only a casual relationship with pitch. To listen to Cocker's renditions of the Band's "The Weight," one of the many hits by other artists that he put his indelible stamp on, is to hear...

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