Friday, January 29, 2016



Singer Joe Cocker is dead at 70

By Brandon Griggs, CNN
updated 5:01 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Source: CNN
  • British-born singer Joe Cocker has died after a battle with lung cancer
  • Cocker, 70, had hits with "You are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong"
  • Cocker performed "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Woodstock
(CNN) -- Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as "You Are So Beautiful" and the duet "Up Where We Belong," died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.
Cocker's performing career spanned some 50 years, from Woodstock, where he sang the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," to the digital-music era. He had tour dates scheduled well into 2015.
"Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love," tweeted Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Cocker began as a singer in England at the same time as the Beatles, with whom he was often linked. He played pubs across the country in a series of rock bands before he and his Grease Band recorded "With a Little Help From My Friends" in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and others.
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The song became a No. 1 hit in England and propelled him to Woodstock, where his passionate live version was a festival highlight and launched his U.S. career.
Cocker scored another major success in the early 1970s with "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," a live album and concert film.
"Up Where We Belong," his duet with Jennifer Warnes from the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman," was Cocker's biggest U.S. hit, topping the Billboard singles charts in 1982. It also won him a Grammy, and the Oscar for best original song.
Cocker was known for his spasmodic movements on stage, where he often flailed his arms as he sang. His distinctive moves, he said, were almost accidental.
"I never played organ or piano or guitar, so it was more out of frustration and me just trying to impersonate in a way," Cocker told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times in 2012. "I did it subconsciously. People mistook for me being ill, like I had palsy. I'm not nearly so demonstrative now, but I still have my own way of feeling the rhythm."
Cocker also had lesser hits with covers of torch classic "Cry Me a River," Traffic's "Feeling Alright," the Boxtops' "The Letter" and the Beatles' "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window."
In the 1980s his witty cover of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," was featured in the erotic drama "9 1/2 Weeks" and became a strip-tease anthem.
The singer told the Daily Mail in 2013 that by the 1970s his descent into drugs and alcohol had become so severe that he sometimes forgot the lyrics to songs.
"If I'd been stronger mentally, I could have turned away from temptation," Cocker said. "But there was no rehab back in those days. Drugs were readily available, and I dived in head first. And once you get into that downward spiral, it's hard to pull out of it. It took me years to get straight."
He credited his wife, Pam, with helping him get sober.
"It was Pam who helped me get myself back together," he said. "She made me think positively. I was very down on myself. She made me realize people still wanted to hear me sing, and convinced me I could escape the downward spiral."
In 2012 he released the album, "Hard Knocks." That year he talked to NPR about the project and his love of his life in Colorado -- despite the harsh winters.
"I embrace the winter these days," he said in the interview. "The best thing to do is get a big house. If you are going to have cabin fever, have a big cabin. I walk on a regular basis, I have a couple of dogs. The house tucks right into the mountains. I literally feel I have become a mountain man over these past couple of years."
Musicians of all ages and genres took to Twitter to pay tribute.
"So sad to hear about Joe Cocker. What an entertainer. One of a kind voice. Rock won't ever sound the same," tweeted "Glee's" Kevin McHale.

Monday, January 11, 2016



David Bowie dead: Fans organise 'Bowie party' at Brixton birthplace and pay moving tributes at memorial

Fans of David Bowie have left flowers and tributes at his mural in Brixton and will party in his memory

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Millions of fans have paid personal tributes to David Bowie around the world - including organising a street party at his birthplace.
Hundreds will sing and dance the night away in Brixton as dozens visited a nearby memorial to leave flowers, touching notes and even paintings.
Today the world woke up to the tragic news that Bowie passed away aged 69 after battling with cancer.
Brixton Buzz, a local blog, is hosting the Let's Dance party in a pub round the corner from where Bowie was born.
It was also reported that David Bowie fought back from six heart attacks in the past year to make his final album.

Mourning: A man pauses after leaving a bouquet outside the site of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album cover photoshoot

Devastated: Two women react at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton

The rock legend - whose new album was released just last week - passed away this morning aged 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer, his family said in a statement.
Now, his biographer, Wendy Leigh, has claimed that he suffered half a dozen heart attacks during his fight against the deadly disease - but fought back from each of them.
“He didn’t just battle cancer if that’s not enough - he had six heart attacks in recent years," she told BBC News.

Remembered: A tribute to British singer David Bowie is seen outside the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema

Just down the road from his birthplace hundreds are attending a Brixton Bowie street party.
The event on Facebook says: "Bowie's time on this earth may be over, but he sure left us some great music. Today is a day to gather together and celebrate.

"Please share with anyone you think would be able to help with music or any other element of this event - bring instruments, speakers, food and most importantly love."

In memory: Fans gather at Bowie's mural to remember the singer

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Fans leave flowers and tributes for David Bowie in Brixton, South London,

There will also be Bowie nights at local pubs and restaurants.
The Prince Albert pub posted on Facebook: "Tonight, we’re going to drink, dance and celebrate Brixton’s finest son with a night of David Bowie music in the Prince Albert on Coldharbour Lane Brixton – not far from where the great man was born.

Mural: Flowers are left on the wall of Morley's store in Brixton

"We’ll be playing his hits, album tracks, obscurities and more – plus some of his musical influences and the artists he inspired – and screening videos and photos of the great man.
"Please come and join us and share a toast toast to the genius that was David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie. We loved his music and are devastated by his death.

Tributes are seen on flowers left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie

"It’s free admission all night. Dress up if you feel like it. Let’s do Bowie proud."

People look at tributes left next to a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London

Lifelong Bowie fan Brendan McGowan, 53, said he was 'stunned' and 'saddened' at the news of the rockstar's passing.
He said: "I was absolutely stunned. The guy just brings out a new album, which will obviously go to number one now, and you're thinking - great - there's more music in him.
"You just don't imagine a guy with that much energy and creativity and commitment to music is going to die.
"The truth is, he's had this cancer for eighteen months, so he recorded this album while he knew he was dying.
"People will start listening to that album and looking at it in a completely different way.

Bouquets and tributes lie outside the site of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album cover

An icon: David Bowie passed away after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer

"Everyone says the same thing about Bowie: a good bloke. For all this stardom and weirdness and edginess he was a good bloke, a very funny guy, very warm, very good at putting people at ease.
"He was very accommodating, too. He was posing for photos with fans just 30 seconds before he was supposed to be on stage."
Bowie's family and representatives confirmed the news of his death this morning.
A message was posted onto his official social media accounts today, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, confirming the heartbreaking news.
It read: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.
"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
David's son, film director Duncan Jones, 44, also confirmed the news via Twitter.
Underneath a touching picture of himself as a toddler being carried by his famous father, he wrote: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."


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