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Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'lovely northern lad' Cocker

Sir Paul McCartney joined the tributes to Joe Cocker. Credit: Reuters

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has joined the tributes to Joe Cocker, the singer who died today at the age of 70.

Sir Paul said:

It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and (producer) Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him.

– Sir Paul McCartney

Music world pays tribute to Joe Cocker

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Joe Cocker received OBE in 2007

Prince Charles presents Cocker with his OBE. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70, was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to music.

Joe Cocker with his award. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The award was in recognition of a long musical career that also included a Grammy award in 1983 for 'Up Where We Belong', the duet Cocker performed with Jennifer Warnes.

The track is well known for featuring on the soundtrack for the film 'An Officer and a Gentleman'.

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Cocker's agent: 'It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves'

Joe Cocker performing in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Joe Cocker's agent has said it will be "impossible" to fill the space left by the singer's death.

Barrie Marshall told the BBC that Cocker was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

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