Friday Night is Music Night (Just Like Eddie Edition)
Edward Ray Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960)
On Saturday, April 16, 1960, at about 11:50 p.m , while on tour in the United Kingdom, 21-year-old Cochran, died in a traffic accident in a taxi (a Ford Consul, not, as widely quoted, a London Hackney carriage) traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire, on the A4. The taxi crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, where a plaque now commemorates the event (no other car was involved). Cochran was thrown through the windscreen, suffered severe head injuries, and was taken to St. Martin's Hospital, Bath, but died at 4:10 p.m. the following day. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Vincent sustaining injuries that would shorten his career and affected him for the rest of his life.