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Eddie Cochran Weekend & Car Show History
The Freeborn County Historical Museum is home to several exhibits of notables; Eddie Cochran, Marion Ross, and Richard
Eddie Cochran was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on October 3,
1938. Eddie started playing guitar at age 12. In 1955, Eddie's family moved to Bell Gardens, California.
In 1956 Eddie transitioned from country music to rock 'n roll. In 1957 Eddie’s version of “Sittng in the Balcony” became his
first hit. Eddie's most famous hit was "Summertime Blues" in 1958 and was co‐written with Jerry Capeheart. “Summertime
Blues“ made quite an impact in the late 50’s.
Eddie also appear historical Villagered in some movies such as "Go Johnny Go", "Untamed Youth", and "The Girl Can't Help
It". Cochran was part of the era that moved and shaped rock & roll. He was friends with Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers,
Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Duane Eddy. These influences shaped the music of the Beatles, Brian Setzer,
Rod Stewart, The Who, and many others.
Eddie started a tour of England with Gene Vincent in January of 1960. After 3 months of touring Eddie was ready to head
back to the United States to be with his family at Easter. On Easter Sunday 1960 Eddie suffered fatal injuries when his taxi
cab crashed while on the way to Heathrow Airport.
A plaque at the corner of Front Street and Frank Ave. in Albert Lea honors Eddie's memory. 26 years ago the Low Bucks Car
Club began their car shows. Over the years, with an incredible amount of
work, they built an event that has included Sunday worship service, drive‐in movies, music, cars (of course), car cruises, and
dances. In 2011, after 25 years, the Low Bucks Club decided it was time to end their involvement. Nearly 16 years ago the
Eddie Cochran weekend became a part of their event. We want to give a very sincere THANK YOU to the Low Bucks Car Club
for the hard work they did for 25 years!!!
Freeborn County Historical Museum
|Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village
1031 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Museum & Library Open Year Round
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Village Open May - September
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