“Eddie Cochran was a primal influence on me. He had a short career, and therefore so few songs, but his acoustic guitar playing was seminal – as important to me as Don Everly’s sound in the Everly Brothers.
Most electric guitar players in the late ’50s sounded pretty bad. They played too fast, their sound was blunt and stumbling with the exception of a few greats like Hank Marvin and Chet Atkins. It was the great rhythm players who helped launch the first wave of new British Pop. Buddy Holly, Bruce Welch, Eddie Cochran, Don Everly.
Eddie’s playing on Three Steps To Heaven actually evokes heaven to me, tears fill my eyes sometimes when I hear it. His flamenco flourishes are sublime, and decorative, and yet part of the backbone. On Cut Across Shorty he whips up the energy of a wild dancing American Graffiti fool, with just three or four instruments. He was a pop giant. He was also a very handsome man, like Elvis. He was destined to be an even bigger influence.
When Eddie and Buddy Holly died, R&B took over. But even though we were R&B bands, the Stones played Buddy Holly songs. We played Eddie Cochran. It was all rooted in the blues of course, to some extent, but Eddie is my main man, and always will be.” Pete Townsend (The Who).
“Eddie Cochran? He’s my main man. The guy really influenced me the most. First it was just that album cover standing like that with those big baggy pants. And then I said: ‘Uh, this guy is really cool. I wanna look just like him’. And then I bought the album and took it home. It just blew me away! I mean, ‘Something else’ that was like a theme song. ‘She’s so fine looking, man. She’s something else’. That was it. That was the best.” Brian Setzer (Stray Cats).
“Eddie Cochran had a huge influence on myself and The Shadows. I first saw him performing ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ in the movie ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ and thought he was fantastic. Of course I was a massive Elvis fan and Eddie had the same kind of approach. I’ve been surprised to learn in more recent years that he never had the same impact in America as he did on us Brits.” Sir Cliff Richard (The Shadows).
“Over the years I’ve been keen to find out about more about Eddie, and last year on Youtube found some audio recordings of Eddie’s shows in the UK. That set me thinking. What happened when he came over here? How did the British musicians react? I tracked down Jim Sullivan and Licorice Locking from his backing band, and they both had wonderful stories about Eddie as a musician, a teacher and a friend.
Listening to the music from the tour, I think I can hear the origins of guitar driven rock, which Eddie was pioneering, and which eventually took over the world.” – Martin Shankleman (Journalist – BBC).
“Eddie Cochran was a Paradigm Guitar Player… Closer to James Marshall Hendrix than a late-1950s contemporary like James Burton in the Impact category. Eddie was also a wicked years-ahead-of-his-time lead guitarist.” Binky Philips (Journalist – Huffington Post).