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WOW! THAT’S SOMETHIN’ ELSE

To mark his 80th birthday, Vintage Rock salutes the brilliance of Eddie Cochran. Plus: Superfan Darrel Higham explains the enduring appeal of Eddie and picks his favourite tracks

EDDIE COCHRAN

Eddie Cochrane was killed in 1960, aged just 21 – that’s even younger than Buddy Holly was when he died
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A sobering thought: Eddie Cochran would have turned 80 in 2018. And like Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, who died the year before Eddie himself did in 1960, Cochran will forever be seared into memory as a young man. A man who, although he had already achieved greatness, surely had much more to offer.

Cochran will never be as acclaimed as Buddy Holly, if you wanted to draw comparison to his close friend, yet in many ways he was just as important. Perhaps more so. Holly had great songs, and a geeky “everyboy” appeal that made him irresistible to teen audiences. Cochran could also cut it as a pop heart-throb – some photos capture him as a gloriouslyquiffed James Dean-alike figure, all swagger and moody insouciance. But above all that, Cochran was a brilliant musician… and arguably much more exciting than Holly.

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