Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran Rock n Roll Revolutionaries by John CollisThe 1960 tour of the UK by Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran marked a defining moment in British popular culture. Previous visitors such as Bill Haley, Buddy Holly and - very briefly - Jerry Lee Lewis had been treated as variety acts, but now the nation was exposed to raw rocknroll by two of the genres most charismatic artists.
At the Liverpool Empire, the Beatles were inspired by their performances. The first generation of British rock guitarists, such as Joe Brown and Big Jim Sullivan, learned so much simply by sharing a stage with Cochran, the most prodigiously talented musician of the rocknroll generation.
Between them, the angel and the devil, the good-looking, guitar-toting Cochran and the skinny, demonic, black-leather-clad Vincent, defined the enduring images of rock music.
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Read the story of how the rock'n'roll legend met his tragic end in a car crash in Chippenham in His death in St. Martin's Hospital in Bath, came as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash just outside Chippenham, late the night before. Eddie and his great friend Gene Vincent had been touring the UK since mid-January, on a package tour that had created a sensation amongst UK rock n roll fans. Not one, but two genuine American rock'n'roll stars, criss-crossing the UK and even making TV and radio appearances!
Larger Scan. Larger Scan The taxi lost control because a tire blew out. Although not his plan , the driver lost control of the car and it crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill. A plaque is now there marking the spot. Upon further review it was later known that he was thrown out of the car when the door flew open.
A raw and exciting rocker with a cocky, rebellious image, Eddie Cochran was very different from the polished and packaged idols being heavily marketed to American teenagers in the years between the rise of Elvis Presley and the arrival of the Beatles. And while he may have faded from popular memory in the years since his tragic and early death, his biggest hits have not. Cochran was on a triumphant concert tour of Britain in the spring of —a tour that had been extended 10 weeks beyond its scheduled run due to intense demand for tickets. Theirs was the kind of music that the future members of the British Invasion were listening to in the late 50s and early 60s. At least one Beatle, George Harrison, saw Eddie Cochran in Liverpool during his final tour, and both his guitar-playing and his stage persona made a strong impression. Having been thrown from the vehicle when it smashed into a light post, Cochran sustained a serious head injury.
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Cochran's songs, such as " Twenty Flight Rock ", " Summertime Blues ", " C'mon Everybody " and " Somethin' Else ", captured teenage frustration and desire in the mids and early s. Cochran was involved with music from an early age, playing in the school band and teaching himself to play blues guitar.