THE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED THE BEATLES— TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK- EDDIE COCHRAN

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On the greatest day in history- July 6, 1957- the day John met Paul- the first thing that just turned 15 year old Paul McCartney did that impressed nearly 17 year old John Lennon was that he  knew the chords and words to  Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” which was a popular song at the time by English rock n’ roll bands.  This good first impression would lead to John who was the leader of the Quarrymen to ask Paul to join the group. Paul would later comment “I think what impressed him most was that I knew all the words.”

Eddie Cochran and Ned Fairchild wrote Twenty Flight Rock- Cochran’s contribution was the music. Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock was a rockabilly tune. The song was a short one at 1:42.  It was released as a single in 1957 but didn’t make the charts. It was more popular in the UK than it was in the US- during his short career he would have more success and popularity in the UK than in the US. Cochran performed Twenty Flight Rock in one of the best rock and roll movies of the era The Girl Can’t Help It- which all four future Beatles saw and loved.  Paul would later cover Twenty Flight Rock on his CHOBA B CCCP album.

video of song below

 

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5 responses to “THE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED THE BEATLES— TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK- EDDIE COCHRAN

  1. Great story! I take it this is a recurring feature of your blog? I will have to check out some last entries. I was fun to also listen to other versions on Spotify beside Paul – live Stones, live Stray Cats, a punkified version from a band called Tiger Army…

    • I am nearly done with my Beatles song of the day— only a couple weeks worth of songs to go- I have been re-reading Mark Lewisohn’s first volume on The Beatles and he is always talking about records they were into in the 50’s and early 60s- and I thought- start writing about that. Cochran dead at 21- it seemed like rock and roll was jinxed back in the late 50’s -early 60’s..

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