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Eddie Cochran


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Los Angeles, United States (1953 – 1960)

Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 - April 17, 1960) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, considered one of the most influential musicians of the late ‘ alongside Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. A sharp-dressed, ruggedly handsome young man with a rebellious attitude and a raucous voice, Cochran epitomized the ’50s rocker. Killed in a tragic accident at the age of 21, Cochran achieved timeless, iconic status. Cochran’s rough, bass-driven singles such as “C’mon Everybody”, “Somethin’ Else”, and “Summertime Blues” have inspired some to call him the “Grandfather of .”

Ray Edward Cochran was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota; however, as his parents were from Oklahoma, he considered himself an Oklahoman, and introduced himself as such in interviews. He took music lessons in school, but eventually quit the band to play drums. Rather than take piano lessons, Cochran began learning guitar, playing the country music he heard on the radio. As time went on, Cochran moved to Los Angeles, California in 1953. Together with Hank Cochran, Eddie formed The Cochran Brothers, though the two shared no relation.

Around the same time, Cochran worked as a session musician, but aspired to be a songwriter and artist in his own right, and recorded a demo with songwriting partner and future manager, Jerry Capeheart. Cochran’s first notable foray into the public eye was as one of the many performing artists featured in the musical comedy film The Girl Can’t Help It starring Jayne Mansfield, eventually resulting in a recording contract with Liberty. He would follow up on this appearance by appearing in several films of the same genre.


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