Eddie Cochran

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1987

Inducted by: Mick Jones

Nominated in: 1986   1987

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1991 (ranked #74) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Summertime Blues (1958)
C'mon Everybody (1958)
Somethin' Else (1959)

Eddie Cochran @ Wikipedia

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6 comments so far (post your own)

"Summertime Blues", timeless.

I'm curious was it the Mick Jones of Foriegner or the Mick Jones of the Clash who inducted Eddie Cochran?

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.29.09 @ 22:47pm

A perfect example of how rock & roll leads youth into rebellion.

Let's look at the song C'mon Everybody.

"Well we'll really have a party but we gotta put a guard outside
If my folks come a-home I'm afraid they're gonna have my hide
They'll be no more movies for a week or two
No more runnin' round with the usual crew
Who cares C'mon everybody"

Not only is he disregarding the wishes of his parents, but he is also celebrating the fact that he is disregarding the wishes of his parents. This is a bad path to be setting for others to follow. This is not what children need to be filling their impressionable minds with. The 5th commandment clearly states:

"Honor your father and mother"

Songs and singers like this have undermined the moral fiber of this country. Eddie Cochran has God to answer to.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 19:05pm

Thanks for pointing out the elephant in the room, Evangelist. As a parent I've been tremendously worried about the effect that Eddie Cochrane's music might have on my daughter.

I'm also terribly concerned about Bill Haley leading her to believe that it is, in fact, morally acceptable to rock around the clock.

Kids these days are so vulnerable and impressionable. We can't be too vigilant about this devil music.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 21:08pm

This Evangelist character who keeps on posting here is still functioning well enough to use a computer in order to type that, even though his (her?) brain clearly stopped functioning a long time ago. Unless of course he/she is just being sarcastic or is merely an internet troll. Then again, there's always the possibility prisons or insane asylums have internet access I guess. (Darin, your sarcastic response to Evangelist is hilarious).

In all seriousness though, back to Eddie Cochran, "Twenty Flight Rock" really should be up there under "essential songs."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.1.11 @ 04:40am

Eddie Cochran died at the age of 21 and somehow, he never quite gained the respect of other rockabilly pioneers like Buddy Holly or Ricky Nelson, but he still left a sizeable impact on rock and roll. He focused on teenage rebellion, but also touched on other elements of teenage life such as partying with a wit that bore some similarities to Chuck Berry through, Eddie was more lighthearted. The songs that he wote and sang like "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody" made Cochran the embodiment of the 50s rock and roll rebel. Eddie was also a guitar virtuoso who opened the doors of guitat palying for people like Pete Townhend, Joan Jett, The Beatles and The Sex Pistols. Even Jimi Hendrix cound not have possibly played guitar so well had it not been for Eddie Cochran's influence.

By the way, has anyone got the summertime blues?

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 11.11.12 @ 22:36pm

Although Eddie Cochran died at age 21, he has left an enduring mark as a rock n' roll pioneer and somehow, time has not given him the same respect as other rockabilly greats like Buddy Holly, Rick Nelson or Gene Vincent mainly because of his brief lifespan as a singer.

Eddie focused on 50s teenage angst and desire with such classic tunes as "C'mon Everybody," "Twenty Flight Rock," and "Summertime Blues," with a wit that bore some similarities to Chuck Berry, through Eddie was more lighthearted and less iconic then Chuck.

A flashy stage dresser with a rough sounding voice, Cochran epitomized the sound and energy of the 50s rock n' roll rebel, but he was also a guitar playing virtuoso, overdubbing parts such like Les Paul even on his earliest songs and playing with an authority that has led people to call him rock’s first high energy guitar player, an influence for guitarists from Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page to, at least in terms of finger dexterity, Jimi Hendrix, but Eddie was proficient on piano, bass and drums as well.

Beneath Cochran's polite appearance lurked an all-American musical rebel, and in death he achieved a cult following with two generations of rock groups from The Beatles to The Sex Pistols who covered Cochran's classic song, "Something Else." Eddie even played an indirect role in the formation of The Beatles. In 1957, Paul McCartney taught John Lennon the cords to Eddie's "Twenty Flight Rock" at an event that John's Quarrymen were playing. In the late 60s, heavy metal pioneers, Blue Cheer recorded a memorable version on Cochran's classic song about teenage disenchantment, "Summertime Blues," as did The Who in 1970.

Eddie released only one album during his recording career which was cut short when he died in a car crash in 1960 when on tour in Britain. The last single he released before he was killed was eerily titled "Three Steps To Heaven."

Ironically, he had been planning for some to cut back on touring and more time on songwriting and recording.

In my mind, Eddie Cochran is definitely the father of the high energy rock guitar player. Besides Chuck Berry, no other guitar player of the 50s had as such energy as he did.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 02.11.14 @ 23:19pm

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