EDDIE COCHRAN d1960. American early rock n roll pioneer musician best known in his all too brief career for classic hits including ; Summertime Blues / C-mon Everybody / Somethin Else and (the postumous UK No1) Three Steps To Heaven. On April 17th 1960 (following a week long concert residency at The Bristol Hippodrome), an exhausted Eddie Cochran was very much looking forward to returning to his native USA. Due to there being no trains, a taxi was ordered at 11pm to take him / Gene Vincent / his girlfriend and manager back to London. The taxi crashed at notorious accident black-spot Rowden Mill Chippenham Wiltshire. One of the first people on the scene was a young police cadet named Dave Harman (who later was to become 1960s pop star Dave Dee). Eddie Cochran sadly died aged just 21 in hospital a few hours after the accident. His friend Gene Vincent was injured, but survived along with the other passengers. The taxi driver George Martin was later convicted of dangerous driving, sent to prison for six months and disqualified from driving for 15 years. Eddie Cochrans body was later returned to rest in California.
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