Somehow, time has not accorded Eddie Cochran quite the same respect as other early rockabilly pioneers like , or even or Gene Vincent. This is partially attributable to his very brief lifespan as a star: he only had a couple of big hits before dying in a car crash during a British tour in 1960. He was in the same league as the best rockabilly stars, though, with a brash, fat guitar sound that helped lay the groundwork for the power chord. He was also a good songwriter and singer, celebrating the joys of teenage life -- the parties, the music, the adolescent rebellion -- with an economic wit that bore some similarities to . Cochran was more lighthearted and less ironic than , though, and if his work was less consistent and not as penetrating, it was almost always exuberant.
An often-overlooked rock 'n' roll legend, Eddie Cochran's contributions to music can't be measured by his activity in the record charts alone. The stompin' teenage anthem for all generations "Summertime Blues" was his only song to hit the Top-10. Beyond that, Cochran had a number of equally vibrant songs. Using an echo-chamber, he got an Elvis-like vocal sound -- something that many singers in the late '50s sought. What set Cochran apart was his down-up strumming style and innovative overdubbing in the studio -- two little-used techniques in rock music at the time. He also wrote, sang, and played much of his own material. A rich, full, Rockabilly sound that absolutely hollers fun.
When playing with Hank Cochran, Eddie Cochran played a Gibson L-4C archtop acoustic guitar with a florentine cutaway and a DeArmond 'Rhythm Chief' pickup, which can be clearly seen in the Cochran Brothers publicity photograph.