Teenage angst.....I think that's what they called it. Still not sure what it meant but if it means what I think then Eddie Cochran's Summer Time Blues hits it right on the head.
When your thirteen and hear that song for the first time, it definitely strikes a chord, literally. Eddie seemed to be talking directly to the kids our age. Unfortunately for him and his record company the kids of the 1950's didn't walk around with money like they do today. We would have bought lots of his records but I am afraid he appealed to the kids who had the least amount of disposable cash.
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Here is an occasion, and probably not the first, where the American rockers of today should thank their counterparts in the U.K. and Europe. Not only did the folks across the pond keep Eddie's career going but they kept the entire Rockabilly and blues genre from falling completely off the planet.
Eddie's death in an English car wreck at 21, was another in a string of music industry losses. Not too long before, Eddie and the world had been shaken by the loss of The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly.
Eddie was a fine singer with great stage presence. His sound reminds me of a male Wanda Jackson. But what might be more important was what he did in the studios. He was an innovator and musically adept at finding ways to improve by using the technology at hand. He was one of the first to use multiple tracts to add back up sound as well as other instruments.
Talent, innovation, stage presence, good looks, song writing ability and youth, oh so young, Eddie had it all. They're still playing his records after all these years, with good reason. When you hear songs like Gene and Eddie, you know who they're written about.
|Eddie Cochran at work|
Rockabilly grew from all across the country. From Philly, to Memphis, to Nashville, to Virginia, to Louisiana to California back to Arkansas. Before I started researching this project I thought it was all about Memphis. Eddie's California upbringing shows the genre was nationwide.
Thanks Eddie, you were definitely heard at the Rainbow Drive Inn in our town. You reached us and you rocked us. Good job.