Old Music: Eddie Cochran – “Three Stars”

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”


4 Responses to Old Music: Eddie Cochran – “Three Stars”

  1. I wanted to write something that said “Holy cow, can you imagine what Buddy Holly might have accomplished had he not died?” (Not that he didn’t accomplish enough; he certainly did.)

    I wanted to write something along the same lines regarding Ritchie Valens. Not quite at that level (who is?), but, at the same time the kid proved himself in the brief time he was around and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if in an alternate universe he’s continued his streak of magnificence.

    I wanted to write something like that, but what’s the point? It’s obvious.

    Thank God we didn’t lose Waylon Jennings.

  2. I realized after hitting “submit” that I didn’t acknowledge the Big Bopper. Did you know he wrote “White Lightning”?

  3. Jason Austinite says:

    He also wrote “Running Bear,” which was a #1 hit for Johnny Preston in 1959.

    I was thinking to myself that such a politically incorrect song could never be a hit today, but then I remembered Tim McGraw’s first hit, 1994’s “Indian Outlaw,” which is probably less P.C. than “Running Bear.”

  4. “Indian Outlaw” is one of the worst songs in the history of music. It’s Justin Moore-like in its awfulness. Thanks for bringing it up.

    Did you know Tim McGraw was thinking of running for governor of Tennessee? I’m relieved to say he’s a member of your party, not mine, but Bocephus may be representing Tennessee in the Senate by then so who knows who will be more embarrassed?

    Don’t forget “Wig Wam Bam” by the Sweet and “Cherokee Boogie” by Johnny Horton.

    I think the Sweet wins based on the headdress in the linked video.

    There’s a great series of posts writing itself! Or maybe not.

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