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Eddie Cochran


1938

Eddie Cochran is born in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

1957

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

1957

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

1958

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

1959

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

1959

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.

1960

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.

1960

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

1960

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

1960

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

1962

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

1968

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.

1980

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

1987

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.

1988

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

Eddie Cochran