Joe Cocker's 'special talent' remembered by brother – BBC News

Victor CockerVic Cocker, from Holt in Norfolk, paid tribute to his brother Joe who has died from lung cancer

The brother of singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70, has remembered his sibling as “a raucous teenager ” with a “special talent”.

Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”, had lung cancer.

Vic Cocker, 74, who lives in Holt, Norfolk, said he hoped people would now rediscover some of his brother’s lesser-known works.

“There are so many of his songs that I love,” he told the BBC.

Joe CockerSinger Joe Cocker’s hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong”

“I remember him firstly as a brother. We grew up together in Sheffield. We were both war babies.

“There weren’t a lot of toys and good things around at that time but we had a good upbringing,” Mr Cocker said.

“He was a raucous teenager and then this special talent started to emerge. I was really a fan and always encouraging him.”

Vic CockerJoe Cocker’s brother Vic said he hoped people would “rediscover” the singer’s lesser-known records

Mr Cocker said his brother’s cancer was discovered when he contracted bronco-pneumonia at the end of a tour in 2013.

“I don’t think anyone would’ve dissuaded him from smoking when he was younger,” he said.

“He used to have really intensive medicals when he went on tour.”

Mr Cocker said his memories of his brother would “always be about Joe the man, just walking with his dogs in the mountains of Colorado”.

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