Benson at NAMM Anaheim 2007
"You and I should have done
an album with Chet!"
June 2000 issue of BARRYS MAG
The Who, Stray Cats, Sex Pistols, Paul McCartney and even Cliff Richard are
all artists that have, at one time or another, recorded songs that were
originally recorded by Rock n Roll legend Eddie Cochran. So I was delighted
to have the opportunity to review the album Private Edition by Eddies
nephewthe very talented Bobby Cochran. Let's face it, Eddie is a very
hard act to follow, but I must admit I was very impressed with this album and
it proves that Bobby is a star in his own right and I'm sure that his famous
uncle would be very pleased with this offering.
There are some absolutely blinding instrumental tracks here, such as My
Blues for Eddie and a Freddie King track called Hide Away which would
do nicely as a signature tune to my radio show..(if I had one that is).
There's also a couple of really good country flavoured tunes that give the
album a certain freshness, For The First Time being one of my faves'cos
I'm a sentimental old fool. Cruisin' 1-40 is a Bobby Cochran original and
is a real hard drivin' blues instrumental as is the excellent This Moment
Without You which wouldn't sound out of place on a Gary Moore album! And
although there are about four Eddie Cochran covers, such as My Way,
Twenty Flight Rock and the classic Somethin' Else -which incidentally was
written by Bobbys father Bob and Eddies girlfriend Sharon Sheeley, this is
far from a rock n roll revival C.D.
But for me the most interesting cut is the last one Show Me, which was
intended for Eddie to record as his next single release back in 1960 but
sadly this never happened and the track lay unrecorded for near on 40
years until now! And that was written by Eddies co writer and manager Jerry
Capehart (who also co produced this album). It does have all the hallmarks of
a Cochran Classic and I'm sure it would have been. Bobby Cochran is an
exceptional guitarist and with the inclusion of the late Jerry Capehart, this
album is quite magical and could well have been titled Somethin' Else!
The Blue Caps Debut at Chippenham 1999
Supporting the Blue Caps on the Saturday night show at Chippenham, Bobby
immediately laid down his rockin' credentials with driving versions of
'Somethin' Else' and 'My Way'. On 'Route 66' his excellent backing band were
strongly featured: Gary Baldwin on keyboards, Brian Hodgson of 'Hogan's
Heroes' on bass and the tireless Howard Tibble who kept a neat beat for
Shakin' Stevens, Linda Gail Lewis and our very own Stu Colman on their
recent UK tour. With Eddie's versions of 'Milk Cow Blues' and 'School Day',
Bobby paid tribute to Tony Barrett of Rockstar Records for recovering so
many of his uncle's rare performances. The latter was one of many moments
when Bobby really got the Olympiad audience involved, singing the choruses
with a smattering of Wiltshire style rebel yells. After 'Pretty Girl'
Bobby reminded us how Eddie had indirectly brought Lennon and McCartney
together through 'Twenty Flight Rock'. The familiar rock n roll favourites
continued to flow with 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie',
'Great Balls of Fire' and 'Hallelujah I love her so' - each guitar break
was enhanced with sparkling fingerwork.
Regrettably perhaps Bobby chose not to give us a taste of his country
side. He did include Willie Nelson's classic blues, 'Night Life', before a
searing re-telling of the story of Shorty and a city boy named Sam, with a
heavy riff lending urgency to their race for Miss Lucy's hand. Halfway
through the 65 minute set he dedicated a song to his late daughter, Bree. 'I
Found a Love' is a slow blues with beautiful lyrics. It allowed Bobby to
give full rein to his guitar virtuosity, neatly complemented by Gary's
dexterity on keyboards. The tension built as Bobby stretched out the number,
pouring emotion into his performance like the consummate artist and loving
father he is. The Chippenham crowd recognised this and responded in full
After this he could no wrong and kept up a relentless pace with
'Summertime Blues' and a medley of 'La Bamba/Oh Boy/ Willie and the Hand
Jive'. He promoted some good audience participation with the last item,
before storming into 'Johnny B.Goode' and 'What'd I Say'. As the jiving
became ever more frenetic on the packed dance floor, the climax arrived with
a nod to the Beatles' rock n roll legacy on 'I Saw her Standing There'. The
only possible encore was 'C'mon Everybody' and Bobby delivered it with all
the drive and adolescent joy of the original cut. 'He's a better guitarist
than Eddie' said the guy behind me. Sure, and thankfully he has had another
25 years to perfect his art. He's also an accomplished performer at the
height of his powers who brilliantly embellished another great Eddie Cochran
'Now Dig This'
The 100% Rock 'N' Roll
The Crickets' Debut at Chippenham 1998
"The presence of Buddy Holly's old friends and the 60th birthday of Eddie
Cochran made the fourth annual rock n roll weekend in this Wiltshire market
town very special. As usual there was a solid 12 hours of music at the Sports
Hall on the Saturday. It was packed when Darrel Higham and the Enforcers came
on stage at 8 pm. They reminded us that the Cochran rockabilly tradition is
in safe hands.
Then came Eddie's nephew, Bobby, an experienced session
guitarist who is now based in L.A. He was a revelation, playing and singing
in a variety of styles and really working the audience. Even the sober
punters joined in the responses on "What'd I Say" and he gave us great
versions of "C'mon Everybody" and "Somethin' Else", written by his dad.
After problems with the sound system, The Crickets appeared. It was hard
drivin' Holly & Curtis numbers all the way and then getting "famous friends"
to take centre stage in turn. Bobby returned to join the guys on "Three Steps
to Heaven" and Eddie's girl friend, Sharon Sheeley, came up to thank her
"family" for celebrating Eddie's memory.
'Now Dig This'
The 100% Rock 'N' Roll
Review From Blue Suede News
Bobby Cochran is Eddies nephew, and wed heard a bit of his music on an
unreleased Kelly Four recording before. Bobby has definitely followed in his
uncles footsteps, becoming a fine guitar picker, singer, and songwriter,
too. In fact he has worked with Steppenwolf, The Flying Burrito Brothers,
Leon Russell, and Grateful Dead guy Bob Weir (in Bobby & The Midnights), in
case you didnt know.
Eddies repertoire is covered here, with My Way,
Somethin Else (co-written by Bobbys father and Sharon Sheely), Milk Cow
Blues and Twenty Flight Rock. A couple of other covers include Hide Away
and Honky Tonk. Eddies old manager/songwriting partner Jerry Capehart also
was involved, both in production and songwriting. Jerry died a few months
ago, so perhaps this is the last glimpse into his ouevre. The last song is
one Jerry wrote for Eddie while awaiting his return from England to record
his next album, which of course didnt work out the way we all wish it had.
The notes say it would have been Eddies next single. That would probably be
enough to create interest for many, but the rest of the music is good, too.
Bobby lives in Nashville, and also writes fine country flavored tunes, a
couple of which are showcased here. Sadly, he recently lost a daughter to a
car wreck. Some families just seem to lose too many of their young people in
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter: Steely Dan,
In response to the "Guitar Player" Magazine review, April
2002, page 136-137.
Way to go! It's about time for the world to know what I
know: that you are a great guitarist!
Fighting for Freedom
"Bobby Cochran is a guitarists guitarist, one of the
absolute best that's out there. He deserves more recognition!"
"When I hear Bobby play, it makes me want to turn my own
guitar into a coffee table and just listen to HIM !"
After hearing his CD "Private Edition":
"Bobby is a virtuoso, The best guitarist East of
Michael Allsup :
3 Dog Night
You didn't ask, but, here it is. I listened to part of your CD at the
Denver airport during a layover ... and the rest of it
here in Las Vegas when we got here. Jimmy Greenspoon was hyping me
..."Listen to Bobby's shit. Nice. Really nice".
My Review: I LOVED IT. As I knew it would be ...... HIDE AWAY was just great.
Really great. You're a genius!! Damn, you smoked it. I couldn't
agree with you more on your liner notes about Freddy King. Basically a WAY
UNDER-SUNG guitar hero. You don't happen to remember other tunes of his called SEN
SAY SHUN and San Jose, do you? I used to love those as well. I'm
so glad you did HIDE AWAY. All us pickers deserved a chance to hear you play
FOR THE FIRST TIME Nice vocal, Bob. Nice tune. Sounds like a hit to me. Who
knows? HONKY TONK Now didn't you have fun with this one? Way cool, Way fun. Same
lightnin' Bobby. Same old smoke. Only thing better than your arrangement and licks
were your liner notes. Saxophone players and the key of F. Ain't it the
truth? Had me laughing when I read it. CRUISIN I-40 Great opening teenage Link Ray
kinda Riff...... followed by an even greater descending guitar melody
line that is absolutely infectious. Again: Your melodicness stands tall.
Beautifully done .... way hummable melody on
THIS MOMENT WITHOUT YOU This was way different than I've heard you play
before. Nice compression... and you really made use of it. Guitar sounds like a
voice many times. Wonderful. SHOW ME Right down Eddies alley, as I remember him.
The lyrics would have been cutting edge controversial at the
time. Really nice Rick Derringer type opening riff but being an old basic
track man I really enjoyed your rhythm guitar work. The electric rhythm crunch put
together with a sort of "power" acoustic rhythm (if there is such a
thing). Cool. The big fat open chords on the acoustic gave the electric
rhythm guitar a unique texture that it didn't have on it's own. Also, the entire
feel of the open chording would have been Eddie's thing to the bone. He MAY IN
FACT have had a hit with it had he lived. Maybe you can.
Well, that's it old buddy. Just want to share my genius with you on some of
the stuff that stuck out. Whether you know it or not .... you've always been a rock
icon to me throughout the years. It sure was fun having you come down
to the gig the other night. Thanks for the CD. Makes it more special that
you gave it to me personally. Keep the
music going old friend.
What are my favorite tracks on the cd? As of yesterday (my preferences change, with my moods),
they are (not necessarily in this order): My Way, Milk Cow Blues, Somethin' Else, My Blues
For Eddie, For The First Time, Show Me, Honky Tonk,
This Moment Without You ******** Your description of this is PERFECT!!! I
absolutely LOVE it!!!!!! Over all, it's my
favorite! I could (and do) listen to this song over and over again. As
strange as this may sound, this song gets to me
in the same way as when I hear Rhapsody In Blue. Tears well up in my eyes,
every hair stands on end and every
nerve in my body is working overtime. It's SOOOO filled with emotion.
Sitting here with tears running down my face, as I'm listening to it. It is VERY rare
that a song affects me in this manner but, "This Moment Without You" is
at the top of my list. Between your phenomenal guitar playing and the
piano, I'm a goner! (whew) :-)))
I hope you are well, I just like to say how much like your PRIVATE EDITION
CD. You have got your own style of
playing just like Eddie did back in the 50's. I like so much your version
of Honky Tonk and the song, FOR THE FIRST
TIME. Back in 92 and 94 I went to the Surf Ballroom to see the Eddie
Cochran weekend,it was very good I was
disappointed when you was not playing with the Kelly FOUR. I told a fruend
you did the EDDIE weekend down at
CHIPPENHAM, NR BRISTOL/BATH ... we went down to see you play and we enjoyed
so much. You signed my EDDIE LP
"MY WAY" and we talked for a while. It was nice to meet you and I hope they
will another time when we can come
and see you play. Take care keep well and hope to see you sometime.
Thanks for responding to my email. First of all let me say, you are one
of my rock n roll heros. Being a
Wolfpacker, the music of Steppenwolf has meant a great deal to me over
the years. During the early-mid seventies when you were with the band, I
personally saw that peroid of the band to be very productive.
You were more than just the lead guitarist in The Wolf. You
wrote/co-wrote a number of excellent tunes. And for the bands' 1976
release, John and Jerry pretty well handed over the reins to you and the
result in my opinion was the excellent album,"Skullduggery".
I also enjoyed your brief peroid with Bobby & The Midnites. "Too Many
Losers", was a great tune.
I picked up a copy of "Private Edition" through The Wolfpack and was
totally blown away. I love the various musicial styles it features. "My
Way","Milk Cow Blues","My Blues For Eddie","For The First
Time","Crusin'",and "Show Me" highlight this fine release.
I'm no A&R man but if it was up to me I'd promote "For The First Time",
as a single. That song has the potential to be a new country hit. It is
without a doubt one of the best new songs I've heard this year.
All in all I just can't say enough good things about "Private Edition".
It is in my top ten favorite picks for 1999.