Music Vehicular Deaths #5 - Eddie Cochran

@teamfreak16 (41175)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 15, 2017 7:29pm CST
While some of the car crash deaths I've written about these last few days were not as highly publicized as the plane crashes I recently covered, #5 in my Music Vehicular Deaths series was: Eddie Cochran. Rock and roll/rockabilly legend Eddie Cochran's career lasted just eight years, from 1952 to 1968, when a taxi in which he was riding crashed near Bath, England. Eddie Cochran was just 21 when, after a performance, a taxi carrying him, singer Gene Vincent, Sharon Sheely (Cochran's fiancé, who wrote "Hurry Up" for Ritchie Valens,) and tour manager Patrick Thompkins crashed while traveling 60 mph through a dark and winding village, blew a tire and ran into a light post. All survived but Cochran, who was ejected from the vehicle after attempting to shield Sheely with his body. He suffered severe head injuries and died the next day at St. Martin's Hospital in Bath. The driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, and had his license suspended for 15 years (it was reinstated in 1969.) It is unclear if he served any time. In both the Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Halls of Fame, Cochran was one of the first rock artists to write his own songs, and was a pioneer in overdubbing tracks. As a guitarist, he is credited with being one of the first to use an unwound third string in order to 'bend' notes up to a full tone, a common practice today. The Beatles as you know them existed because of Cochran: John Lennon let Paul McCartney into his band, The Quarrymen, because McCartney knew the lyrics to Cochran's song "Twenty Flight Rock." Cochran was also considered a major influence on early (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Eddie cochran C'mon everybody
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• United States
16 May 17
What a looker he was too. Man could he move those strings. RIP Eddie
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
He was quite the handsome guy.
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• United States
16 May 17
@teamfreak16 Sure was, I was laughing at all the ladies up close to him there too haha
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
@TiarasOceanView - It was a pretty entertaining little video.
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@JudyEv (125395)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 May 17
Great clip thanks. Is there anyone in the audience who isn't chewing gum?
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
I wonder if the show was sponsored by a gum company?
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@JudyEv (125395)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 May 17
@teamfreak16 Australians aren't into chewing gum in the same way that Americans seem to be. We regard it as typically American to continually chew gum. Is that a fair assumption?
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 May 17
@JudyEv - Actually, as a stereotype, no. We have 1950"s themed diners here where the waitresses all chomp gum.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
18 May 17
What a lot of fun the music is. How sad. He should have been around a lot longer. I actually listened to his "Summer Time Blues" the other day. Not bad. Still have to say I prefer Blue Cheer's, but I enjoyed his version as well.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 May 17
He was very talented, and obviously influential. Much too soon.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
19 May 17
@teamfreak16 yes. I have a soft spot for old fashion R&B. The clip, which I'd never heard before, was great.
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@JohnRoberts (59673)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May 17
Highly influential legend is correct. Summertime Blues is his classic.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
I almost used "Summertime Blues" instead.
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@andriaperry (52898)
• United States
16 May 17
More I did not know!
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
Glad to be of service!
@FourWalls (14114)
• United States
16 May 17
Poor George Martin...the Beatles' producer, sharing a name with the cabbie. Another one of those people who accomplished so much in such a short period of time that all we can do is wonder "what if."
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
I thought about the George Martin thing as soon as I saw the name. Funny.
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