Edward Ray 'Eddie' Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an early American rockabilly musician and an important influence on popular music during the 1960s.
He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He began his musical career in 1955 with his cousin Hank Cochran (later a country music songwriter). The duo recorded as The Cochran Brothers. Eddie Cochran also worked as a session musician, and began writing songs, making a "demo" with Jerry Capehart, his future manager.
When playing with Hank Cochran, Eddie Cochran played a Gibson electric acoustic guitar with a single florentine cutaway. This guitar featured a pair of Gibson P90 Pickups sometimes called 'Dog Ear' pickups due to their shape.
Later, Cochran moved to a 1956 Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Western model, which Eddie had modified. He replaced the front one of the pair of De Armond Dynasonic pickups with a black covered Gibson P90 pickup. He also used acoustic guitars.