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PR man Max Clifford charged with molesting girls decades ago

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- A British public relations man who has represented stars including Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye was charged Friday with molesting girls between 1966 and 1985.

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Joe Cocker working on new album

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Joe Cocker is putting the final touches on "Hard Knocks," his 21st album, aiming to release it in North America this fall, 429 Records said Monday.
Cocker happy with new slower lifestyle

Cocker happy with new slower lifestyle

DELTA, Colo., June 15 (UPI) -- British musician-singer Joe Cocker says he thoroughly enjoys his relaxing days living at a ranch in Crawford, Colo., compared to his former rock star days.

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'Universe' uses low-tech recording gear

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Julie Taymor wanted authenticity for Beatles’ tunes in her movie “Across the Universe,” so the songs were recorded with vintage equipment.

Ricky Martin to record with Ramazzotti

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ESA playlist competition winner announced

PARIS, July 3 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Norwegian girl has won the European Space Agency's competition to create the most suitable playlist for the International Space Station.

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'Fifth Beatle' Billy Preston dead at 59

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 6 (UPI) -- Singer/songwriter Billy Preston, known as the "Fifth Beatle," died Tuesday in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital at age 59. Preston had been in a deep coma since Nov. 21 after malignant hypertension caused kidney failure among other complications, FoxNews.co

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Petty to headline 'Rock'n the Rally'

STURGIS, S.D., May 18 (UPI) -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the "Rock'n the Rally" music festival at South Dakota's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Herb Alpert ready for Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- Trumpet legend Herb Alpert wasn't quite sure how to take the news he was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker performs in concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Pompano Beach, Florida on April 18, 2009. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues musician, composer and actor who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, his idiosyncratic arm movements while performing, and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his song "Up Where We Belong", a duet which he performed with Jennifer Warnes. He was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list.

Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield, England. He is the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker, and Madge Cocker. According to different family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a childhood game called "Cowboy Joe" or from a neighbourhood window cleaner named Joe. Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. For the group's first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while he pursued a career in music.

In 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock, (which Cocker misheard as Vance) and country singer Eddy Arnold. The group mostly played in the pubs of Sheffield, performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles songs. In 1963 they booked their first significant gig when they supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall. In 1964 Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead" (with Jimmy Page playing backup guitar). Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of 1964. After Cocker recorded the single, he dropped his stage name and formed a new group, Joe Cocker's Big Blues. There is only one known recording of Joe Cocker's and Big Blues on an EP given out by Sheffield College during Rag Week and called Rag Goes Mad at the Mojo. It contained a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "I've Been Trying" and a track of "Saved".

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