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Eddie Cochran, 'Summertime Blues'

74. Eddie Cochran, 'Summertime Blues'

Writers: Cochran, Jerry Capehart
Producer: Capehart
Released: July '58, Liberty
16 weeks; No. 8

Cochran's label tried molding him into a crooning teen idol, but he made his mark with a string of rockabilly ravers written with partner Capehart. Explaining the inspiration for this classic, Capehart said, "There had been a lot of songs about summer, but none about the hardships of summer." With that idea and a guitar lick from Cochran, they knocked out the song in 45 minutes.

Appears on: Somethin' Else (Razor and Tie) 


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