|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk usa american united states blue-eyed soul to discover funky 16 corners|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 2000s|
c.1939, Thomaston, Georgia, USA. Wayne Cochran was a white R&B singer whose dynamic stage show was often compared to those of his influences James Brown and Otis Redding. Cochran started singing in the 50s while attending high school and grew his hair long, piling it on his head in the style worn by many blacks at the time. This behaviour inspired his school to invite him to cut it or leave, and he chose the latter option, after which he dyed his hair blond and had it set a foot high, after seeing two albino blues singers, Johnny Winter and his brother Edgar Winter. He released his first single in 1959 and fronted a soul band with horns in the early 60s, winning his first break when a song he wrote, Last Kiss, was covered by J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers, and went to number 2 in the US pop charts. The following year comedian Jackie Gleason saw Cochrans act and hired him to appear on his television show; Gleason wrote the liner notes for...