Edward Raymond Cochrane, 3 October 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA, d. 17 April 1960, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Recent information states he was raised in Minnisota, but without sight of the birth certificate, it is still possible he was born in Oklahoma City. Although Cochrans career was brief, during which time he had only had one major hit in the USA and topped the UK charts only once, he is now regarded as one of the finest ever rock n roll artists and an outstanding rhythm guitarist.
Cochran formed his first proper group when he was 15, and known as the melody boys he started a musical partnership with his school friend Connie Guybo Smith (b. 1939, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass) that would last throughout his short life. By now the young Cochran had already become a formidable player, using a chunky electric picking style similar to Chet Atkins. He formed a duo with non-relative Hank Cochran (b....
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