First Avenue's first headliner, Joe Cocker, dies

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Joe Cocker, an English-born singer-songwriter known for hits like "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," died Monday after a battle with lung cancer, his agent told BBC. He was 70.

Cocker's name is on a star at First Avenue in Minneapolis – and he was the first headlining performer ever at the venue, City Pages reports.

It was called The Depot at the time, according to First Avenue's website. Cocker played two sets on opening night, April 3, 1970.

The singer was known for his "raspy" and "gritty" voice, CNN notes. City Pages says he'll be remembered as "an adult-contemporary and classic-rock darling ... and that heart-ripping voice."

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