Personalities | Eddie Cochran | Fifties | Rock
(Guitar, singer-songwriter, 1938–60)
Oklahoma-born Cochran was a rising star of rock’n’roll, guest-starring in 1956’s The Girl Can’t Help It, the best ever rock’n’roll movie. He wrote songs with lyrics that spoke to teenagers like 1958’s ‘Summertime Blues’ (US Top 10/UK Top 20) and 1959’s ‘C’mon Everybody’ (UK Top 10). After dying in a car crash while on tour in Britain with Gene Vincent, his UK popularity increased, with 1960’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ topping the UK charts. After Presley and Holly, Cochran is probably the best-loved US rock’n’roll star in Britain, and among his other hits were 1959’s ‘Teenage Heaven’ and ‘Somethin’ Else’, and his excellent cover of the Ray Charles classic ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’. 1960’s Eddie Cochran Memorial Album made the Top 10 of the UK album chart.
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