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Joe Cocker dies at 70; British blues-rock singer who rocked Woodstock
Joe Cocker dies at 70; British blues-rock singer who rocked Woodstock

Even by the wild and woolly standards of rock music in the late 1960s, there was nothing right about Joe Cocker's career-making performance at the Woodstock summer music festival in upstate New York. He wasn't handsome by any conventional measure, his voice sounded as though he'd just swallowed a length of rusty barbed wire and his body contorted to such extremes that anybody watching wondered if he was in the grip of an epileptic seizure. Yet in writhing his way through the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which sounded light-years away from the Fab Four's bouncy pop version, the British blues-rock-R&B vocalist turned in what became...

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