Published On: Thu, Apr 15th, 2010

Hit Musical Pays Tribute to Eddie Cochran

This Saturday marks fifty years since the tragic death of the iconic rock ‘n’ roller, Eddie Cochran, whose many hits defined a generation.

Hit Musical Dreamboats And Petticoats is marking the 50th anniversary of Cochran’s death with a special tribute set to take place in both London and Bristol.

Cochran’s plethora of chart topperts included ‘C’Mon Everybody‘,
Summertime Blues‘, ‘Somethin’ Else‘, ‘Twenty Flight Rock‘ and the posthumous No.1 ‘Three Steps to Heaven‘.

His infamous Gretsch guitar was impounded at the police station after his death, where a young David Harmam, later to make his name in Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, was a police cadet at the station and taught himself how to play on Cochran’s guitar…

Cochran died when his taxi crashed head on into a lamp-post on the A4 near Chippenham, while en route to Heathrow after a show at the Bristol Hippodrome on 17th April 1960.

Bill Kenright, whose production company put on the show, said:

“In mu mind, Eddie Cochran was one of the five greatest rock ‘n’ roll influences of all time. We are doing a special segment at the end of Dreamboats and Petticoats this weekend as a tribute to Eddie, which will be performed on stage at the Bristol Hippodrome in exactly the position where he sang his last song before he got into the taxi.”

‘In my mind, Eddie Cochran was one of the five greatest rock ‘n roll influences of all time. We are doing a special segment at the end of Dreamboats and Petticoats this weekend as a tribute to Eddie, which will be performed on stage at the Bristol Hippodrome in exactly the position where he sang his last song before he got into that fateful taxi.”

The tribute will take place at performances on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th April at both the Bristol Hippodrome and at the London Playhouse, where the West End show is based.

See www.dreamboatsandpetticoats.com for details

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