As a follow-up to my tribute to the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, I would also like to post this song. Recorded by Eddie Cochran just weeks after the crash that took the lives of his rock ‘n’ roll compadres, “Three Stars” is one of the most heartbreaking performances in rock history, with Cochran’s voice breaking while speaking of Holly and Valens, who were close personal friends. Cochran had actually been booked for the Winter Dance Party tour with Holly and Valens, but he was forced by a film committment to pull out of the gig. Cochran was reportedly so shaken up by the song that he refused to allow its release while he was alive. In another tragic loss to the rock ‘n’ roll world, Eddie Cochran would join his buddies in the afterlife after a car crash claimed his life in London just 14 months later. The song was released posthumously. Fifty years later, the song still has the power to bring a tear to the eye of a rock ‘n’ roll fan.
Eddie Cochran – “Three Stars”