A Memorial Stone to commemorate Eddie Cochran can be found in the grounds of St Martin’s Hospital in Bath.
Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960), was a top Fifties American rock 'n' roll star with famous hits such as "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else" and "Summertime Blues". He also appeared in three films: 'The Girl Can't Help It' (1956); 'Untamed Youth' (1957) and 'Go Johnny Go' (1959). This star was elected into the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum' in 1987, featuring a special building in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Cochran died tragically in April 1960 following a road accident whilst travelling on the A4 near Chippenham at the end of a 13 week tour of the UK. He was taken to St Martin’s Hospital on 17, April and passed away the following afternoon of head injuries. He was aged 21 and his last record was 'Three Steps to Heaven' which was his only number one record in the UK.
The Memorial Stone was restored in 2010 (on the 50th anniversary of his death) and can be found in the old chapel grounds at St Martin’s Hospital. A Memorial Plaque can also be found next to the Sundial at the back of the old chapel. The memorial stone has been featured on ITV West.
Donations in memory of this star can be made to:
Sirona Foundation Trust
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