For a few years in the 1960s and 1970s, one of the music world's most extraordinary showmen was a Georgia-born rhythm-and-blues singer named Wayne Cochran. Inspired by the vocal styles of soul superstars Otis Redding and James Brown, he was once billed as the "White Knight of Soul." With his gravelly voice, gravity-defying hairstyle and outrageously dynamic performances, Cochran became a cult favorite and was an influence on Elvis Presley. He had an unforgettable stage presence that led entertainer Jackie Gleason to call him "the wildest guy I've ever seen in my life." Cochran died Nov. 21 at his home in Miramar, Fla. He was 78. Cochran began his career in the 1950s, singing country and rockabilly music and writing songs. One of his tunes, "Last Kiss," became a major hit for two other groups, 35 years apart.
Whenever he was onstage, Cochran was unmistakably the center of attention. His platinum blond pompadour towered six inches or more above his head, like a centurion's helmet constructed of cotton candy. He modeled his look after Marilyn Monroe and a wrestler from the 1950s, Gorgeous George.
OMG I loved him. Being born and raised n Miami I think I have seen him preform at least 100 times. Damn, just damn!
RIP Wayne. My late father loved watching you and the C.C. Riders on the "---- tube" back in the day.
More soul than a white person should be allowed to possess. I wasn't hip to him but heard about his act from my older siblings. I can understand why they dug him. RIP...
I saw him on TV a few times. Good performer but it always seemed to me that he was just trying to be a white James Brown.
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