Eddie Cochran (Edward Ray Cochran) was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on October 3, 1938. Eddie picked up the guitar and started playing at age 12. In 1955, Eddie's family moved to Bell Gardens, California.
In 1956 Eddie edged out of country music into the early stages of rock & roll. In 1957 his version of of "Sitting in the Balcony" sold over 1 million copies making it his first hit.
Other titles that made the Billboard Hot 100 list are "Teenage Heaven", "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else", "Drive In Show", "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannine". Eddie also appeared in some movies such as "Go Johnny Go", "Untamed Youth", and "The Girl Can't Help It".
Cochran was part of the era that moved and shaped rock & roll. He was friends with Gene Vincent, Everyly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Duane Eddy.
A posthumous album, My Way, was released in 1964
Eddie Singing 'Summertime Blues'
Eddie Cochran interview part 1
Eddie Cochran interview part 2
Eddie's Untimely Death
In 1960 Eddie was on a tour in Britain. Eddie was traveling through Chippenham, and at approximately 11:50 pm on April 16 Eddie was involved in a traffic accident while in a taxi. Cochran survived the crash and was taken to St. Martin's Hospital, but passed away the following day.
Eddie was only 21.
The driver of the tax was a George Martin. Mr. Martin was convicted of dangerous driving, fined and lost his drivers license for fifteen years. He also spent six months in prison.
Eddie Cochran is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California.