|Joe Cocker: "Live" at Woodstock.|
After Cocker got his big break by covering The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, which went to number one in the UK in 1968, the Fab Four sent him a telegram of congratulation.
The Sheffield-born star later recalled how Sir Paul McCartney once told him his rendition was "clearly the definitive version of the song".
Meanwhile, R&B legend Ray Charles was said to have described Cocker as one of the three best blues singers in the world - along with Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye.
Compliments like that show the respect Cocker commanded for his vocal prowess.
With A Little Help From My Friends demonstrated to the world how Cocker could breathe new life into a great composition.
The song had originally appeared on The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album in 1967 in a jaunty version sung by Ringo Starr.
But after Cocker got his hands on it, it was a rousing, primal, tortured anthem.
His howling performance at the Woodstock music festival in 1969, with his sweat-soaked curls flying as he rocked back and forth, made him a star in the US.