The following blog is taken from an article I wrote in the March 15, 2004 issue of Wadi Magazine. Wadi was a Bi-weekly free magazine in my hometown of Richmond, Va. We can hardly keep anything like this going for too long here, and this magazine was short-lived. However, I had a blast as one of two music journalists for the magazine!
As Billy Joel once sang only the Good die young. At 21 years old, rock star Eddie Cochran was unfairly taken from us in the late evening of Saturday, April 16, 1960 while on a UK tour. He left behind such rock & roll classics as “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody”. He influenced such musicians as The Beatles, The Who, The Sex Pistols, and Brian Setzer. Cochran’s death was the final nail in coffin of the early rock & roll era. Little Richard had left music to become a preacher, Chuck Berry violated the Mann Act and was sent to prison, Elvis had been drafted, scandal had ruined the career of Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper had died in a plane crash. Following Eddie’s demise we were left for a time with teen idols that had good looks but not much else. Then The Beatles saved us all! What may not be understood about Eddie Cochran’s final tour was that perhaps Eddie had more influence on the next wave of rock & roll then we give him credit for.