‘Eddie Cochran Weekend’ is Underway

Eddie Cochran Weekend

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ALBERT LEA, MN — If you are a fan of the 1950s and 60s including the music and the cars from that time, you may want to stop by Albert Lea this weekend.

Eddie Cochran Weekend kicked off Friday night and will continue through Sunday.

Cochran was a rock and roll musician who was most famous for his song “Summertime Blues.” He was killed in a car accident at the age of 21 while touring in Britain in 1960.

Food and merchandise vendors were out at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds Saturday where many were there to see some classic cars.

“Just the time period of his music, the 50s and 60s being when it was the hottest and those car enthusiasts love the music and so it’s sort of a perfect marriage to have those two things come together,” said Pat Mulso, Executive Director of the Freeborn County Historical Museum.

There was also a special presentation about Cochran’s life, from being born and growing up in Albert Lea to his short but impactful career.

“It’s exciting to see the number of people who still follow Eddie’s music. People from Montreal, Australia, England come to the museum to see his displays and exhibits,” Mulso said.

Proceeds from the weekend will help fund the museum’s expansion including the new Eddie Cochran exhibit.

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