I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

March 28

jerryLeeLewis1958: Jerry Lee Lewis torches the piano, literally, at Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show in Brooklyn.

Also this day in 1958, a 19-year-old Eddie Cochran records his Summertime Blues. Cochran’s idea for the song is that everyone sings about how great is the summertime — he’s going to sing about summer’s hassles. Intended as a B-side to Love Again, it is released in August 1958 and becomes an international hit and Cochran’s breakthrough single, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1970 — 10 years after Cochran’s untimely death in a car accident — The Who cover of Summertime Blues garners new fans for the song and Cochran. (It is The Who’s only hit not written by Pete Townshend). There also will be covers by Joan Jett, Olivia Newton-John, Van Halen, The Stray Cats and others. But no one does it like Eddie Cochran does it. No one:

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