Born: October 2, 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota
Died: April 17, 1960 (age 21), Bath, Somerset, England
Raymond Edward "Eddie" Cochran was an American rock and
roll musician and an important influence on popular music during the
late 1950s, early 1960s, and beyond.
What do you know about Eddie Cochran? Try this Rock & Roll
Heaven Quick Quiz.
1. Eddie met Hank Cochran (later a country music songwriter). They
were not related, they began performing together and recorded together.
What were they known as?
- The Cochran Brothers
- Brothers Forever
- Down and Out
2. What was the guitar he is best known for playing
- Gretsch 6120
- Gibson Chet Atkins
- Youngman Tyler
3. In 1956, Boris Petroff asked Cochran if he would appear in the
musical comedy film The Girl Can't Help It. He agreed. What song
did he sing in the movie?
- "Girl Troubles"
- "I Love You, Nancy"
- "Twenty Flight Rock"
4. In 1957, Cochran starred in his second film, Untamed Youth
and also had his first hit, "Sittin' in the Balcony." Who
wrote the song?
- Eddie Cochran
- John D. Loudermilk
- Ned Fairchild
5. What was the song, released on Liberty recording #55144, charted
#8 on August 25, 1958?
- "Summertime Blues"
- "Rock & Roll Heaven"
6. It is a 1958 song by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart, originally
released as single b-side. The song is ranked #403 on the Rolling
Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. What is
- "Take Me Home"
- "C'mon Everybody"
- "Country Roads"
7. "Somethin' Else" is a song by the rockabilly musician
Eddie Cochran, co-written with his girlfriend Sharon Sheeley, released
in 1959. The first-person lyrics describe how Cochran wants a
convertible he can't afford and a girl who he fears will not go out with
him. But in the end, by saving money, he is able to buy a slightly older
and even better car, giving him the confidence to ask the girl out.
8. What year was Cochran inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
9. On Saturday, April 16, 1960, at about 11:50 p.m., while on tour in
the United Kingdom, 21-year-old Cochran died in a traffic accident in a
taxi (a Ford Consul, [reg. no. RBO 869], not, as widely quoted, a London
Hackney carriage) traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire, England on
the A4. The taxi crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, where a plaque
now commemorates the event (no other car was involved). He was taken to
St. Martin's Hospital, Bath, but died at 4:10 p.m. the following day.
Songwriter Sharon Sheeley (Cochran's fianc�e) and singer Gene Vincent
survived the crash, Vincent sustaining injuries that would shorten his
career and affect him for the rest of his life.
10. Where is Eddie Cochran buried?
- Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
- Saint Andrew's Churchyard, Weybread, Suffolk, England
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, California