1 ade 1 month ago Sixty years have passed since Eddie Cochran's UK tour. All are invited to follow, contribute to and offer corrections/clarifications to this timeline of the tour which will hopefully include some illustrative links, photographs and soundclips presented in chronological order, updated on each relevant matching date to get a real feel for the tour as it progressed. We're a teensy bit late getting started, so let's catch up on the timeline so far.8th January Eddie recorded three songs at Gold Star in Los Angeles- Cut Across Shorty, Cherished Memories and Three Steps to Heaven. Connie Guybo Smith, Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison accompanied Eddie. These were recorded on Ampex 3 track and beautiful stereo mixes exist of these songs.10th January Eddie travelled by air to London Heathrow airport, trading the balmy blue skies of California for a bitter grey London in the grip of winter. 11th January Eddie attends a press junket at Decca to promote the tour and plug his latest single, Hallelujah I Love Her So. Impresario Larry Parnes and his roster of home-grown stars were in attendance. Also present was agent Hymie Zahl whose association with US agent Norm Riley enabled Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran to be hired for what was probably the first exclusively rock 'n' roll package to tour the UK. Hymie had terrible, terrible eyesight and greeted a blond Billy Fury effusively with a warm "Great to meet you Eddie!" before bumping into an equally blond Eddie Cochran and chatting amiably to his old chum "Billy Fury". Eddie must have been completely baffled. The famous photo of Eddie holding a telephone to his ear with a finger to his lips in a hush gesture was taken on this night.January 12th-13th Eddie commences rehearsals for two 'Boy Meets Girls' television appearances to be transmitted on January 16th and 23rd. The show is hosted by Marty Wilde with the Vernons Girls. Musicians are Joe Brown, Eric Ford and Brian Daley on guitars, Cherry Wainer on organ, Alan Weighall on electric bass, Bill Stark on double bass, drums by Andy White and Don Storer, the fabulous Red Price on saxophone, the ever-enthusiastic Vernons Girls on backing vocals and orchestral overdubs by the Hallé Orchestra.