One of Joe Cocker's Woodstock songs, "Let's Go Get Stoned," was a No. 1 R&B hit for Ray Charles in 1966. It took a lot of nerve to cover Ray Charles, but he pulled it off.
Cocker passed from lung cancer at 70 on Monday after a long career as a soul singer and rock & roll minstrel that began in England in the mid-'60s. Cocker"s most famous for his version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," also immortalized by his Woodstock performance compete with gravelly baritone belts, tie-dyed shirt and gesticulating fingers. In 1972, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Austrailia.
Cocker and his wife Pam lived in Crawford, Colorado since 1994. The rocker who sang about getting stoned was sober the last 12 years of his life.