BOBBY COCHRAN, lead guitarist, singer, writer and producer, was influenced at an early age by his Uncle EDDIE COCHRAN (SUMMERTIME BLUES). At thirteen he set his aim on becoming a master guitarist, and went on to work with many prominent groups, including STEPPENWOLF, THE FLYING BURRITO BROS., AND LEON RUSSELL.
He then joined forces with BOB WEIR (Grateful Dead), BILLY COBHAM (Mahavishnu Orchestra), ALPHONSO JOHNSON (Weather Report), KENNY GRADNEY (Little Feat) and DAVE GARLAND (Righteous Bros.) to form BOBBY AND THE MIDNITES. (Available on Columbia and Arista records.)
BOBBY'S writing and production work has encompassed motion pictures, videos, television and records. He recently produced the latest Adrian Legg albums, Fingers & thumbs (just released), and "WAITING FOR A DANCER." "Mrs. Crowe's Blue Waltz", and "Guitar for Mortals" which he also produced, each won "Best Acoustic Guitar Album of the Year" for their respective years, in Guitar Player Magazine. Adrian is an amazing guitarist.
In addition to his stage and studio work, he's held guitar clinics in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. along the way he has helped design and develop the guitars, amps and effects he uses.
A veteran studio and concert musician, COCHRAN'S lead work has moved critics and peers to comment "...Exhilarating". "He's one of the 12 best guitarists in the country". "His playing glistens with spontaneity". "... Brilliant"!
BOBBY is currently the musical director for the award winning "ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK SHOW", featuring BOBBY COCHRAN & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS.
Experience why the audiences of today prefer the warmth and involvement of live entertainment with BOBBY COCHRAN & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS. Or.....BOBBY COCHRAN & THE ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK SHOW.
For those interested ...Bobby Cochran's "Rock Around the Clock Show
BOBBY'S PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL
United, We Feature a Powerhouse Rhythm Section, some of the most talented vocalists/entertainers in the world, 3 to 5 Horns, and Tributes to....ELVIS, BUDDY HOLLY, THE BEATLES, CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG, JANIS JOPLIN, TINA TURNER, ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE SUPREMES, JOE COCKER, JAMES BROWN, NEIL DIAMOND, EDDIE COCHRAN and STARS OF MOTOWN.
In the words of our clients, peers, and the press;The group can be configured many different ways depending on the event needs and budget. The sizes most often requested are 10 piece, 8 piece, 5 piece and 4 piece, although, we have played as small as 3 pieces and as large as 21 pieces. Naturally, the larger the group, the more spectacular and diverse the show will be. We offer music from all eras & styles, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's.
"EXPERIENCE THE MUSICAL RIDE OF A LIFETIME. THIS CAREFULLY CRAFTED PRODUCTION SEGUES FROM ONE COSTUME CHANGE TO ANOTHER, ALL THE WHILE ENCOURAGING AUDIENCE INVOLVEMENT & PARTICIPATION."
"BOBBY COCHRAN and the ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK SHOW CREATE A BRILLIANT ILLUSION OF A SUPER DREAM CONCERT WHERE ROCKS PIONEERS AND LEGENDS ARE UNITED ON ONE STAGE AND PERFORM THE HITS THAT MADE THEM FAMOUS."
"I'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY TRULY TALENTED PEOPLE ON ONE STAGE. IT'S THE BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN!"
"IN MY PAST 9 YEARS WITH CONCERN II, I DO NOT EVER REMEMBER WHEN AN EVENT WENT SO SMOOTHLY AND FLAWLESSLY."
"THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT AT IT'S BEST! A FAST PACED, ACTION PACKED, MUSICAL ROLLER COASTER!"
"TRIBUTE TO THE BIG BAND ERA"
Bobby recently completed his "TRIBUTE TO THE BIG BAND ERA," which features a 6 to 12 piece horn section added to an extraordinary rhythm section. The addition of my singers puts this show in a class of its own! We offer a complete evening of entertainment featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, The Andrew Sisters and many other stars of the 20's, 30's & 40's.
We also offer music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's. This allows us to please the taste of almost any age group.
ATTENTION!.....We now have a country version of our show. "BOBBY COCHRAN'S HOT COUNTRY ROUND UP" made its debut June 1, 1992.
If it is desirable, I can combine shows ("TRIBUTE TO THE BIG BAND ERA," "THE ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK SHOW," and "BOBBY COCHRAN'S HOT COUNTRY ROUND UP") to offer a no compromise musical experience. The world class musicians & singers I utilize allow us to cover several decades and styles of music, with quality & entertainment value second to none.
Review from Blue Suede NewsBobby Cochran / Private Edition / Wild Banshee Records PRIVED1
Bobby Cochran is Eddie's nephew, and we'd heard a bit of his music on an unreleased Kelly Four recording before. Bobby has definitely followed in his uncle's footsteps, becoming a fine guitar picker, singer, and songwriter, too. In fact he has worked with Steppenwolf, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Leon Russell, and Grateful Dead guy Bob Weir (in bobby & The Midnights), in case you didn't know. Eddie's repertoire is covered here, with "My Way", "Somethin' Else" (co-written by Bobby's father and Sharon Sheely), "Milk Cow Blues" and "Twenty Flight Rock". A couple of other covers include "Hide Away" and "Honky Tonk". Eddie's old manager/songwriting partner Jerry Capehart also was involved, both in production and songwriting. Jerry died a few months ago, so perhaps this is the last glimpse into his ouevre. The last song is one Jerry wrote for Eddie while awaiting his return from England to record his next album, which of course didn't work out the way we all wish it had. The notes say it would have been Eddie's next single. That would probably be enough to create interest for many, but the rest of the music is good, too. Bobby lives in Nashville, and also writes fine country flavored tunes, a couple of which are showcased here. Sadly, he recently lost a daughter to a car wreck. Some families just seem to lose too many of their young people in these tragedies! P.O. Box 234, Fairview, TN 37062. -MB
The Crickets' Debut at Chippenham"The presence of Buddy Holly's old friends and the 60th birthday of Eddie Cochran made the fourth annual rock n roll weekend in this Wiltshire market town very special. As usual there was a solid 12 hours of music at the Sports Hall on the Saturday. It was packed when Darrel Higham and the Enforcers came on stage at 8 pm. They reminded us that the Cochran rockabilly tradition is in safe hands. Then came Eddie’'s nephew, Bobby, an experienced session guitarist who is now based in L.A. He was a revelation, playing and singing in a variety of styles and really working the audience. Even the sober punters joined in the responses on "What'd I Say" and he gave us great versions of "C'mon Everybody" and "Somethin' Else", written by his dad.
After problems with the sound system, The Crickets appeared. It was hard drivin' Holly & Curtis numbers all the way and then getting "famous friends" to take centre stage in turn. Bobby returned to join the guys on "Three Steps to Heaven" and Eddie's girl friend, Sharon Sheeley, came up to thank her "family" for celebrating Eddie's memory.
Eddie Cochran Rock'N'Roll Weekend at the Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham, England Friday October 1st - Sunday October 3rd
The 'Blue Caps' are heading for Chippenham! Yes in October, four members of Gene Vincent's 1957 Blue Caps - Tommy Facenda, Dickie Harrell, Paul Peek and Johnny Meeks, will headline the 5th Eddie Cochran Festival in an exclusive UK concert on Saturday, October 2nd at the Olympiad Leisure Centre Chippenham.
The theme of this year's festivale will be to pay tribute to both Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, very close friends, who had toured together all over the world in the late 50's. It was in 1960, when Eddie and Gene were touring the UK together, that the fateful accident occurred at Rowden hill on April 18th.
Appearing with The Blue Caps will be guest artist Bobby Cochran, who will be here for his 3rd festival backed by three of the UK's top recording and session musicians, and special guest Marco Di Maggio, who is flying in direct from Florence Italy with the Di Maggio Brothers for an exclusive performance. Brian Hodgson, former member of Matchbox and currently with Albert Lee's band Hogans Heroes, will join the Blue Caps on stage as Guest Bass Guitarist.
Other artists include Tony Sheridan Jr., The Moonshine Boys, The Wanderers, Rhythmbound, Holly Dayz, The Sugar Bullets and top DJ Wildcat Pete.
Mike Berry will return to the festival to headline the Friday night gig with his band The Outlaws, supported by the fantastic Dee and her Heartbeats, plus Chippenham DJ Richard Marsh (Fans of TV's 'Are You Being Served' may remember Mike Berry as 'Mr. Spooner' and as 'Mr. Peters' in 'Worel Gummidge').
Mike is much in demand on the Rock-n-Roll circuit and is a regular performer at the annual Buddy Holly Birthday tribute organized by (Sir) Paul McCartney. At last year's festival, Mike did a fantastic job when asked to join The Crickets for the show due to Sonny Curtis being unable to travel to Chippenham. For More Information Call: + 44 (0) 1249 656350
Also see: www.bobbycochran.com
A NOTE FROM BOBBY:
As most of you know my daughter was killed 4-17-99. Many of you didn't know what she looked like. This is a picture of my daughter Bree. It gives me great pleasure to share her with you. This photo shows her blowing a bubble with her gum while dancing.
Hope all your dreams come true,
ED NOTE: Bree was killed the same date Eddie Cochran lost his life. Both were 21 years old, and met their death in an automobile accident.