Stars & Their Guitars – Eddie Cochran

Wait just a minute, how many times are we going to feature this particular guitar? So far, we have done articles on Chet Atkins (the original famed 6120 exponent), Duanne Eddy and now we have 50’s legend, Eddie Cochran. Believe it or not next month, we have another. Brian Setzer from the Stray Cats. In short, this guitar has done an awful lot of damage on the popular music scene, no wonder really, it is a very fine instrument.

But let’s take a quick look at Mr Cochran first. He was born Ray Edward Cochran on 3rd October 1938 in Minnesota. Cochran’s family lived in Oklahoma and Minnesota before settling in California in 1950, and the young Cochran sang and played country music—touring and recording as part of the Cochran Brothers, with the unrelated Hank Cochran until the arrival of Elvis Presley persuaded him to change his style. His good looks made him a perfect swivel-hipped rock-and-roll idol, which is evident in his appearances in a series of exploitation movies: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), Untamed Youth (1957), and Go Johnny Go (1959).

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