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Tom Cochrane, D.Mus (hon), (born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian singer and songwriter, whose story-telling songs have earned him the nickname “The thinking man’s rocker.” His best known song is the hit single “Life Is a Highway.” He has also performed with the band Red Rider (alternatively known as Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)

Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba to Violet and Tuck Cochrane, a bush pilot. The family relocated to Etobicoke, Ontario in the West Deane Park area when Tom was four years old. He purchased his first guitar at age 11 by selling a toy train set. He attended Martingrove Collegiate Institute in the 1960’s. In the early 1970s, he was performing in coffee houses across Canada. He eventually made his way to Los Angeles where he found a job writing theme music for My Pleasure is My Business, a Xaviera Hollander movie. Unable to find steady income from music, Cochrane returned to Toronto where he drove a taxi cab and later took a job on a Caribbean cruise liner to help pay the bills. Cochrane went back to Los Angeles in 1976, trying to sell his songs to publishers but without success, and returned to Toronto in 1977. Cochrane walked into the El Mocambo club one night in Toronto and came across a band of locals calling themselves Red Rider. After an audition, they agreed to Cochrane joining the band as lead singer and songwriter, a decision that would change their musical careers.


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  • FrankPerla

    Just ran into his music this week, great classic rock, i like it!

    18 Feb 10:35am Reply
  • SSBN623

    tom, po1 which part of ridin' and drivin' 'cause you kinda' look like you

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Thamior666

    boy inside the man should be first

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • macychick

    Life Is A Highway ♥ Long Live the 1990's!

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jacquesjugovic

    Ever listened to "just like ali" by him...excellent and moving

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Sportsnut

    Because he's Canadian.

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • dvk5453

    How does this guynot have more plays ??

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • DeeDee-Ramone

    I looooove Life is a highway....

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
  • rrtom

    That's my kind of Rock since Live is a Highway! Das is meine Art von Rock!! Gruss vom deutschen Fan.

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Prognosis_X

    Saw Tom for the second time 2 weeks ago. Both were free! Would've payed 100 bucks to see him, but w/e! Lovin' it

    24 Aug 2008 Reply
  • cmf701

    Why is Out of My Head not on here? And why can't I download it from anywhere?

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • ZeppelinLad

    Where is the love for Big League? I used to listen to that song with my dad and brother when I was about 4 or 5.

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • CrazedPandaBear

    Tom's my second Uncle:D If anyone wants proof I can show pics of me and him, and tons of autographs to me : )

    24 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Jumperjack

    TC is so awesome and so Canadian!

    10 Feb 2008 Reply
  • therabidwombat

    So underrated. This guy is a great singer and a great guitarist, and an amazing songwriter and lyricist. One of Canada's best. I know that Life is a highway is his most mainstream and accessible track, and that most people only know that tune...I only wish that people would be introduced to the genius that are his other songs, such as Ragged Ass Road, Flowers in The Concrete, Heartbreak Girl, Glid

    24 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Sraige_Olaiva

    Sick charts

    22 Jul 2007 Reply
  • adrenalinezero

    No Stranger is definately a great album. Highly reccomended.

    29 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Jumperjack

    I love Tom's new album No Stranger, it's all I expected it to be, no surprises, but in this case that is very good.

    25 Dec 2006 Reply
  • sampryce

    nah it is a nice kind of way :)

    14 Nov 2006 Reply
  • evilsardines

    Kind of creepy.. I saw Tom Cochrane & Red Rider in July, and they were awesome!

    26 Sep 2006 Reply
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