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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 August 1935Isola, Mississippi, USA
Date of Death 15 July 2010Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameGarland Perry Cochran

Mini Bio (1)

Hank Cochran was born on August 2, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi, USA as Garland Perry Cochran. He was married to Suzi Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Shirley. He died on July 15, 2010 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA.

Spouse (3)

Jeannie Seely (1969 - 1979) (divorced) (4 children)
Suzi Cochran (? - 15 July 2010) (his death)
Shirley (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Friend of Del Reeves. Talked Del into moving from California to Nashville in 1962.
His parents divorced when he was 9 years old and he was placed in a Memphis orphanage. He ran away to live with his grandparents in Mississippi where he started singing and playing guitar in his grandfather's church.
When he was 12 years old, he dropped out of school and hitch-hiked to New Mexico to work with his uncle on an oil rig.
When he was 16 years old, he moved to California and met Eddie Cochran where they formed the Cochran Brothers rock 'n' roll duo and toured as an opening act for Lefty Frizzell.
He is survived by his second wife, Suzi Cochran; a daughter Booth Cochran and three sons, Garland Perry Cochran Jr.; James Lee Cochran; and Daniel Cochran from his first marriage to Jeannie Seely.
He was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame in 1974.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on his songwriting in 2007]: I always tried to make it short, make it sweet, and make it rhyme.
[on discovering songwriting while working in the oil rig in 2002]: They said I'd be back because if you ever got oil in your hair, you'd return to it. Wrong!

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