Eddie Cochran

October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960

Rock ‘n’ roll and Rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran began playing guitar as a young boy. He got pretty good, pretty quick. By the time he was high school, he knew he was destined to be a musician. He dropped out and never looked back. By the time he was 16, he was already in the studio and, by 1957, had his first hit – “Sittin’ in the Balcony” – at the age of 18. That same year he appeared alongside Jayne Mansfield and a slew of other musicians in the comedy The Girl Can’t Help It. His career exploded. He appeared in more movies and his solo recordings began to find international success. His 1958 smash hit, “Summertime Blues”, became a rock ‘n’ roll anthem that has been covered by dozens of artists.

Following the tragic deaths of his close friends and contemporaries, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly in 1959, Cochran became terrified that he would die in a similar fashion. Wishing instead to stay safely in the studio, he reluctantly agreed to a tour of the United Kingdom in 1960. While traveling by taxi following a show in Bristol, UK, the driver lost control of the car, hit a light post and Eddie was thrown from the vehicle. Though all the other passengers survived, Eddie Cochran died from his injuries the next day. He was 21 years old. His career burned hot for far too short a time, but his legacy lives on to this day having influenced generations of rock icons with his songs and recordings.

Burial

Forest Lawn Cypress – Cypress, CA

Specific Location

Abiding Faith, Lot 2996, Space 4 –  Enter the memorial park and follow the main road to the west until you get to a white statue of a mother and her children on your left. Eddie is buried 6 rows past this statue and about 10 spaces to the left (east). His larger marker stands out from those around it.

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