It’s 50 years since Eddie Cochran died in April 1960 in a car accident, aged 21, he died before I was even born so no chance of ever seeing him perform his music, oh to have a time machine like H. G. Wells (see his book)
I first noticed him in my teenage years through Marc Bolan of T. Rex doing a cover of Summertime Blues, I read he’d carried Eddie Cochran’s guitar … lucky, lucky man! Eddie’s music is as popular now as it was 50 years when he died, I’ve selected some of the songs that I love the most, give them a whirl 😀
I’ve always loved rock ‘n’ roll, I remember as a kid jiving with my dad to Bill Haley and His Comets (My dad is a damn fine dancer) and listening to old records in the house, I started enjoying Eddie Cochran’s music when I met some old rockers in Edinburgh when I was a young punk, who told me stories of all the gigs they had gone to.
There are lots of rock ‘n’ roll artists I love like Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Early Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash (He traversed both country and rock ‘n’ roll), Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Dale Hawkins, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and many more.
But for me there is something really special about Eddie Cochran, I don’t know quite why he just “does” it for me. From The Cochran Brothers records like Slow Down, Tired and Sleepy and the wonderful Latch On.
To his more rock ‘n’ roll efforts – now this is where it gets exciting for me, my favourite is C’mon Everybody How can you not love that song??
The double bass is amazing, one of the reasons I’ve always the loved double bass & bass guitar from an early age. Another favourite of mine is Three Steps To Heaven, a beautiful love song. Other songs I love are Summertime Blues, Nervous Breakdown and the amazing Somethin’ Else
There are so many songs, most people know a few as they are part of rock ‘n’ roll history, there are so many good Eddie Cochran songs to listen to, Guitar Blues, Twenty Flight Rock, Sittin’ In the Balcony, One Kiss, Weekend, Cut Across Shorty, I Remember, Proud of You, Skinny Jim, Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie, Three Stars and the wonderful Hallelujah! I Love Her So
I write all these blogs so the music can be enjoyed again and again by many generations as it’s as relevant today as it was in the 1950’s and to celebrate the great music he made.
Love to Eddie Cochran, thank you for making such wonderful music xx