The Legendary Masters Series, Volume One: Eddie Cochran, Liberty Records, 1990
Elvis made it. Jerry Lee Lewis made it. Chuck Berry made it. And I could go on and on about those early rockers who have given us classic songs that still sound good today to those of us who originally heard them today, and more importantly, to the younger musical-starved set who flip over them just as we did. And then there are those like Carl Perkins, Sonny Burgess, and the artist under review here, Eddie Cochran, who were either one-hit wonders or got caught in some one of life’s little quirks and never got the stardom that their talent warranted. Eddie Cochran's career was cut short by his death in a car crash.
No question Eddie Cochran could play guitar. Just listen to his riffs on this compilation. He also had a voice and the looks that one would assume would make the girls go wild (and that was half the story of early rock, the girls going wild, and we boys, imitating as best we could, what the girls went wild over). Moreover, Eddie Cochran behind the scenes was a driving force encouraging others to take up rock. Still old Eddie was just off the big time. But get this, and I will swear that I am not alone on this. Every summer for a few years, anyway, I would get out his old Summertime Blues just as school ended for the year and play the thing about twenty times. A classic. Others that stand out here are: Sittin’ In The Balcony (great timing), Weekend, and Cut Across Shorty (Ron Stewart covered that one).