This Day In Rock. EDDIE COCHRAN
Edward Raymond "Eddie" Cochran was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota US on October 3.
He was involved with music from an early age, playing in the school band and teaching himself to play blues guitar. In 1954, he formed a duet with the guitarist Hank Cochran (no relation), and when they split the following year, Eddie began a song-writing career with Jerry Capehart. His first success came when he performed the song ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ in the film The Girl Can’t Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield. Soon afterwards, Liberty Records signed him to a big recording contract. Cochran died at age 21 after a road accident, while traveling in a taxi during his British tour in April 1960. Though his best-known songs were released during his lifetime, more of his songs were released posthumously. In 1987 Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.