Real Name:
Edward Raymond Cochran
Profile:
American guitarist and singer, singwriter of the rock'n'roll era.
Born 3 October 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA, died 17 April 1960 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK.
Influential on later artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 (Performer).
Cochran's parents moved from Oklahoma City to Albert Lea, Minnesota, where he was born. The family moved back to Oklahoma briefly, before finally settling in Bell Gardens, LA, California. Cochran became musician as a teenager, with a circle of friends that included Connie "Guybo" Smith whose nickname would later become one of his song titles. Influenced by the works of Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, he teamed up with Hank Cochran (unrelated), playing dance halls, fairs and schools. They later called themselves The Cochran Brothers, touring the south-western states and appearing on the California Hayride show. They recorded two hillbilly records with Ekko Records in 1955 and did a promotional tour, meeting Elvis Presley on the Dallas Big D Jamboree show. The duo auditioned for Sun Records in Memphis but split up shortly after making "Fool's Paradise", their third recording on Ekko and a song that shows a strong Presley influence, assisted by the co-writing of Jerry Capehart.
In 1956 Cochran teamed up with Capehart and was signed to Liberty in 1957, although he still appeared on the labels of friends Capehart and Sylvester Cross, spending time in LA's Gold Star studio producing, writing and recording backing vocals on labels such as Crest, Zephyr, Crash, Vik, along with Silver, on which he recorded "Guybo", also known as "Drum City". He also appeared in two films.
Following up on his increasing American success, Cochran toured the UK in 1960, joining up with Gene Vincent and Ronnie Hawkins to appear on popular TV and radio shows and the concert hall circuit. His girlfriend, songwriter Sharon Shari Sheeley, later joined them. The tour was a resounding success.
On Sunday, April 17, 1960 — the day following the tour — Cochran, Vincent and Sheeley were on their way to the airport to return to the United States in the back seat of a car, also occupied by deputy tour manager Patrick Tompkins in the front seat, and driven by hired taxi-driver George Martin. The vehicle left the road and hit a lamppost. Sheeley suffered a broken pelvis but managed to fully recover. Vincent suffered broken ribs and collarbone and sustained injuries to an already weak leg that left him with a limp for the rest of his life. Cochran died in hospital that day from severe head injuries, aged 21. Eerily, Cochran had just released a single, co-written with brother Bob Cochran, entitled "Three Steps to Heaven." It reached No. 1 in the charts, helping rock'n'roll come of age in the UK.
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LRP 3061 Eddie Cochran - Singin' To My Baby album art Eddie Cochran With The Johnny Mann Orchestra And Chorus Eddie Cochran With The Johnny Mann Orchestra And Chorus - Singin' To My Baby (Album) Liberty LRP 3061 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
LRP 3172 Eddie Cochran - Eddie Cochran album art Eddie Cochran Eddie Cochran (Album) Liberty LRP 3172 US 1960 Sell This Version
HA-G 2267, HA-G.2267 Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album album art Eddie Cochran The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album (Album, Comp) London Records, London Records HA-G 2267, HA-G.2267 UK 1960 Sell This Version
LRP 3220 Eddie Cochran - Never To Be Forgotten album art Eddie Cochran Never To Be Forgotten (Album, Comp) Liberty, Liberty LRP 3220 US 1962 Sell This Version
LBY 1109 Eddie Cochran - Cherished Memories album art Eddie Cochran Cherished Memories (Album, Comp) Liberty LBY 1109 UK 1962 Sell This Version
LBY 1173 W, L 83 554 Eddie Cochran - Sings For You album art Eddie Cochran Sings For You Liberty, Electrola Gesellschaft m.b.H. LBY 1173 W, L 83 554 Germany 1963 Sell This Version
CLBX 240.782 Eddie Cochran - Inédits album art Eddie Cochran Inédits (Comp, Album) Liberty CLBX 240.782 France 1964 Sell This Version
LBY 1319 F Eddie Cochran - Last Recordings album art Eddie Cochran Last Recordings (Album) Liberty LBY 1319 F France 1964 Sell This Version
LBY 1205 Eddie Cochran - My Way album art Eddie Cochran My Way (Album, Comp) Liberty LBY 1205 UK 1964 Sell This Version
LBY 1133 F Eddie Cochran - Remember Me... album art Eddie Cochran Remember Me... (Album) Liberty LBY 1133 F France 1964 Sell This Version
LLR-8162 Eddie Cochran - On The Air album art Eddie Cochran On The Air (Album) United Artists Records LLR-8162 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
6968 Eddie Cochran - Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie album art Eddie Cochran Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie(LP, Album) United Artists Records 6968 Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
UAC.5072 Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Singles Album album art Eddie Cochran The Eddie Cochran Singles Album (Comp, Album) United Artists Records UAC.5072 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
RSR-LP 1004 Eddie Cochran - Rock 'N Roll Heroes album art Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent - Rock 'N Roll Heroes (Comp, Album) Big Beat Records (3) RSR-LP 1004 UK 1981 Sell This Version
LN-510204 Eddie Cochran - Great Hits album art Eddie Cochran Great Hits (Comp) Liberty LN-510204 US 1983 Sell This Version
1551743 Eddie Cochran - Eddie album art Eddie Cochran Eddie (Album) Liberty 1551743 France 1984 Sell This Version
70369 Eddie Cochran - Latch On Vol. 1  album art Eddie Cochran Latch On Vol. 1 (LP) Big Beat Records (3) 70369 France 1985 Sell This Version
AR 32094, MC 32094 Eddie Cochran - Cherished Memories album art Eddie Cochran Cherished Memories (Album, Comp) World Music (2) AR 32094, MC 32094 Denmark 1987 Sell This Version
SJLP 571 Eddie Cochran - The Hollywood Rocker album art Eddie Cochran The Hollywood Rocker(LP) Sunjay SJLP 571 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
BLK 7706 Eddie Cochran - Record date album art Eddie Cochran Record date(LP) Hydra Records (2) BLK 7706 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
CD 66076 Eddie Cochran - My Love To Remember album art Eddie Cochran My Love To Remember (Album, Comp) CéDé International CD 66076 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
SJCD 594 Eddie Cochran - Guitar Pickin Rarities album art Gary Lambert (2) And Eddie Cochran Gary Lambert (2) And Eddie Cochran - Guitar Pickin Rarities(CD, Album) SunJay SJCD 594 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
RSRCD 008 Eddie Cochran - Mighty Mean album art Eddie Cochran Mighty Mean(CD) RockStar Records (2) RSRCD 008 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RSRCD010 Eddie Cochran - One Minute To One with Eddie Cochran & Friends (Volume 2) album art Eddie Cochran One Minute To One with Eddie Cochran & Friends (Volume 2)(CD, Album) RockStar Records (2) RSRCD010 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RSRCD 011 Eddie Cochran - Rockin' It Country Style (The Legendary Chuck Foreman Recordings 1953-55) album art Eddie Cochran Rockin' It Country Style (The Legendary Chuck Foreman Recordings 1953-55)(CD, Album) RockStar Records (2) RSRCD 011 UK 1997 Sell This Version