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Blues singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

English blues singer Joe Cocker has died due to complications from lung cancer. He was 70.

Cocker was a lifelong musician known for his passionate vocal style over the course of 40 career albums. His hits included "You Are So Beautiful," "Feelin' Alright," "You Can Leave Your Hat On," and a cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which was used as the theme song to TV's The Wonder Years.

In 1983, he won a Grammy for "Up Where We Belong" — a duet with Jennifer Warnes, popularized by its appearance on the An Officer and a Gentleman soundtrack, that reached number one on the U.S. charts. --Scott Meslow