Monday, December 22, 2014

RIP Joe crocker

The gravel-voiced, charismatic singer has died of lung cancer. He was the idol of many in my generation and at 70, seemed too young to die. His cover of the Beatles' song "A Little Help from My Friends" propelled him to stardom, reaching number one in 1968. He went on to create the standards of blue-eyed soul. His early career was a wild one, with drink and drugs nearly doing him him.

The musician went through personal struggles with drugs and alcohol.

In 2012, he discussed those struggles with NPR's Rachel Martin:

"I was about 26 years old, and I kind of felt indestructible," Cocker says, recalling the 1970 tour that spawned his famous live album Mad Dogs & Englishmen. "By the early '70s, the drugs and the booze took their toll. ... It was a long road back. A lot of times when you're young and carefree, you don't realize, when you tip over the edge, how difficult it is to climb back in."

Look back at his career:

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