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tail fins malt shop

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As of July 2014, this place seems to be closed- it's boarded up and locked down. I wonder what they did with the memorabilia...

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bell gardens high school

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In 1953, Eddie Cochran's family moved from Albert Lea, MN to Bell Gardens, CA.

Cochran attended high school at this location, until he dropped out in his first year to be a professional musician.

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rowden hill

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On April 16, 1960, rock legend Eddie Cochran was traveling in a cab from Bristol to London with his fiancée Sharon Sheeley, Gene Vincent, and Patrick Thompkins.

At about 11:50 pm, the speeding taxi blew a tire just after the viaduct, just before Rowden Hill. The taxi lost control, and slammed into a light post. Cochran attempted to shield his fiancée and was thrown from the car, sustaining massive head injuries.

Cochran was taken to nearby St. Martin's Hospital in Bath where he died the next day. Today, there is a memorial marker dedicated to Cochran at the spot where the accident occurred.

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st martins hospital (bath)

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At 11:50 pm on April 16, 1960, Eddie Cochran was traveling on the A4 near Chippenham after a 13 week tour of the UK, when the speeding taxi blew a tire and crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill.

He was taken to St Martin’s Hospital and passed away the next day (April 17, 1960) of head injuries. A memorial stone is located 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.

Cochran was 21 years old and his last record "Three Steps to Heaven" went to #1 in the UK.

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eddie cochran’s birthplace

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Early rock pioneer Eddie Cochran was born at the old Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, MN on October 3, 1938.

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