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Eddie Cochran


Eddie Cochran is born in Albert Lea, Minnesota.


Eddie Cochran’s first single, “Sittin’ in the Balcony,” enters the charts, where it will peak at #18.


Singin’ to My Baby, the only album released during Eddie Cochran’s lifetime, appears on Liberty Records.


Eddie Cochran’s biggest hit, “Summertime Blues,” enters Billboard’s Top 100, where it will peak at #18 and sell over a million copies.


“C’mon Everybody,” by Eddie Cochran, enters the singles chart at #35. It becomes a bigger hit in Britain, where it reaches #6.


Eddie Cochran cuts “Three Stars,” a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who were killed in a plane crash while on tour. Cochran himself had been booked on that tour, but a film commitment (Go, Johnny, Go!) forced him to pull out.


Eddie Cochran enters Gold Star studios in Los Angeles for what will turn out to be his last recording session. He leaves for a tour of Britain the next day.


The airport-bound taxi in which Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Sharon Sheeley (Cochran’s fiancée) are passengers crashes on a British highway.


Eddie Cochran dies at a hospital in Bath, England, from head injuries suffered in a car wreck a day earlier.


The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album is released shortly after his death.


Another posthumous Eddie Cochran compilation, Never to Be Forgotten, is released.


A Fifties revival sends Eddie Cochran’s reissued “Summertime Blues” to #34 in the U.K. This comes close on the heels of Blue Cheer’s acid-rock cover version, which reached #14 in the U.S.


Eddie Cochran’s death 20 years earlier is marked by the U.K. release of a box set, 20th Anniversary Album.


Eddie Cochran is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the second annual induction dinner. Mick Jones of Foreigner is his presenter.


The six-disc Eddie Cochran Box Set is released on Liberty Records.