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Cochran wrote this with the help of Sharon Sheeley, who became Eddie's girlfriend. There weren't many female songwriters at the time, but Sheeley's first effort, "Poor Little Fool
," became a #1 hit for Ricky Nelson. She met Eddie when she asked him to record one of her songs.
On April 17, 1960, Cochran was killed in a car accident at age 21. Sheeley and Gene Vincent were also in the car and injured in the crash, but Cochran went through the windshield.
Sheeley continued to write songs for artists like Brenda Lee and Irma Thomas. She died in 2002 at age 62.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.
Go beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.