Monday, November 27, 2017

'White Knight of Soul' Wayne Cochran Dies

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.

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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.

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My God. That photo. Cannot unsee.

#1 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-11-26 10:06 AM

His voice is James Brown meets Lemmy Kilmister.

#2 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-11-26 10:08 AM

His act was Little Richard meets Chuck Berry.

Not bad for a white guy. RIP

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-26 12:33 PM

Jaco played in his band. check out the Jaco documentary.
RIP soul man.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-26 01:19 PM

OMG I loved him. Being born and raised n Miami I think I have seen him preform at least 100 times. Damn, just damn!

#5 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-11-26 05:35 PM

youtu.be

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-26 11:09 PM

I was going to say Ric Flair meets James Brown.

A lounge act so bad, you love it.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-27 07:03 PM

RIP Wayne. My late father loved watching you and the C.C. Riders on the "---- tube" back in the day.

#8 | Posted by hoser at 2017-11-27 08:00 PM

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...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2017-11-27 08:43 PM

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.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-28 08:25 AM

He was awesome.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-28 05:23 PM

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