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ne night in the late 1950s, Eddie Cochran set the world alight
onstage in the City of Angels. Though the details are lost to history, The Los Angeles Times reported, "Last night, Eddie Cochran
rocked and he rolled and finally the cows came home. By the time he
strummed his last notes on that big, beautiful orange Gretsch 6120
guitar, the audience was worn out and went home satisfied that they
had seen the best rockabilly anywhere."

Cochran was known by that "big, beautiful" guitar; most photos of the era have
him showing it off as a veritable symbol of
his music, and it appeared on many EP and
LP covers. The Cadillac of guitars, its bells
and whistles glittered in the lights, making
women swoon and men envious. And, it had
that sound.
Cochran played the 6120 throughout his
brief career, and it was at his side when he
died in a car crash while touring England
	

with Gene Vincent in 1960. Cochran was
just 21 years old.
Despite his matinee-idol looks and penchant for wearing cardigan sweaters, Cochran
was '50s teenage rebellion personified. His
biggest song, "Summertime Blues," was a bold
and brash anthem that perfectly captured
pent-up teen frustration and desire. With
his follow-up, "C'mon Everybody," he took
the message further, issuing a call to arms to
get up and dance to rock and roll.
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(CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT) Eddie Cochran
rocks with his modified Gretsch 6120.
Eddie (left) and Hank Cochran as the
Cochran Brothers, before the days of
rockabilly. Eddie Cochran (left) with Gene
Vincent (center) during a package tour
through Great Britain in 1960. On April
16, 1960, Cochran and Gene Vincent
were riding in this taxi after a late show
when it crashed into a lamppost.

Far beyond many of his contemporary
rockabillies, Cochran was a consummate
musician and performer. He wrote most
of his material and deftly engineered his
sound in the studio via experimentation
with multi-tracking and overdubbing. He
could croon a ballad or scream through
a rocker and play a virtuosic, purposeful
guitar. And, he was a true rock-and-roller


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