Top turns: The biggest rock stars from Sheffield

Joe Cocker in 1969Joe Cocker in 1969
Joe Cocker in 1969
Sheffield has shed its Full Monty image as new research puts it among the world’s leaders in making music.

Here are our top five stars to emerge from the city

1: Joe Cocker, who died last year, was the first rock star to emerge from Sheffield. A civil servant’s son from Crookes, he topped the UK charts in 1968 and went on to play at Woodstock.

When Sheffield hosted the World Student Games in 1991, he allowed his song Up Where We Belong to be used on the promotional video.

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2: Sheffield was the birthplace of the heavy metal band Def Leppard. They formed in 1977 as part of the “new wave” of British heavy metal.

3 (tie): The city carved a particular niche in the production of electronic pop, from acts including Heaven 17 and The Human League.

4: Jarvis Cocker and Pulp immortalised their home toem in song as Sheffield Sex City.

5: Singer Tony Christie hails from just up the M18 in Conisbrough, but served his showbusiness apprenticeship in Sheffield and went on to top the charts with Is This the Way to Amarillo in the 1970s and again ten years ago.