He died today.

The BBC reports:

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70, his agent has confirmed.

The Sheffield born singer-songwriter had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was “simply unique”.

Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who “brought so much to the world”.

Cocker’s friend Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendering of With a Little Help From My Friends “sensational” and said: “He had a voice that was just unique.”

He’ll always be most remembered for his rendition at Woodstock of With A Little Help From My Friends:

It was more than a rendition. It became something of a cultural icon:

John Belushi cantando With A Little Help From My Friends from James Lester Wright Gajete on Vimeo.

His voice was unmistakable, whatever he sang.

Another piece of my childhood has died. That seems to be happening a lot lately.