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The Rock-itt : July 2011
Elvis’ music career spanned from 1954 until his death in 1977 which is 23 years in all. He died of a heart attack at age 42, at his home, Gracelands, in Memphis Tennessee, where he is buried. Certainly those 23 years made one hell of an impression on popular music and no one will dispute that Elvis Presley was a one off and a creation of his own despite what music historians say. Eddie’s music career, however only spanned the short tim e, from 1956 till his death in 1960. Sadly, at the tender age of 21, Eddie was killed in a road accident. A taxi which was taking him, his girlfriend Sharon Sheely, and rock legend Gene Vincent to the airport after finishing a concert in a suburb in England, crashed. It was said that the three were sitting in the back of the taxi and Eddie threw himself across his girlfriend to protect her from the impact when the taxi hit a lamp pole, but in doing so Eddie was flung through the taxi’s windshield and sustained critical head injuries. After being rushed to the local hospital, one of the brightest shining young stars of his era, Eddie Cochran’s light In last month’s issue I brought up the subject of the noticeable similarities between Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran. Was it just a coincidence that Elvis and Eddie were so much alike, or did one try to em ulate the other by copying styles and mannerisms? Firstly, Elvis was born in 1935, Eddie was born in 1938, so Elvis had three years start on Eddie, which means when Elvis was 18 and really starting to find his musical direction, Eddie would have been 15 and looking to others to guide him. W hether Elvis started the fashion with the hair style or the dress style of the fifties is hard to say, but I know if I was around in that era, I would probably want to look like the rest of the guys. As I said previously, Elvis to m e was the original mould casting for today’s Rock and Roll and I still maintain that idea, however I believe after research that Eddie Cochran was on a street of his own and had he had more time to prove it, would have shaken the foundations of Rock & Roll even more than he did during his short time on this planet allowed him. Eddie dressed and wore his hair like Elvis, but so did most Rockers of that era, it was the fashion for that genre, but Eddie could play guitar better than Elvis and he also played bass, piano and drums. He co-wrote fifty songs which have since been covered by some of the biggest names in the music world. was extinguished when a few hours later he died of his injuries. In concluding, I’d say that, neither Elvis nor Eddie copied one another. They didn’t need to because both Elvis and Eddie projected their own individual image even though their music was similar and they looked alike. Yet their exc eptional different talents made them both distinctive giants of their generation and beyond. We will go back a little further, next issue, to ‘Bill Hayley and the Comets’ who were the first Rockers I had seen in a movie called “Rock Around The Clock.” Oh, and my Eddie Cochran ‘Town Hall Party’ DVD arrived. It was really worth the wait! Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: email@example.com Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches Elvis and Eddie’s grave sites