“’It’s really sad to hear about Joe’s passing,” began the statement from Paul McCartney.
“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 Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Saville 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,” McCartney continued, “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.’”