In the late 1990s, Pearl Jam released ‘Last Kiss’. They made the song their own, and took the band into radio-friendly pop territory they’d never approached before. But it wasn’t their song.
‘Last Kiss’ originally had been a regional hit for its author, R&B singer Wayne Cochran. Once known as “The White Knight of Soul,” Cochran died Nov. 21 at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.
Known for an over-the-top pompadour-style haircut, Cochran’s elaborate stage dress is thought to have influenced Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas era outfits.
His greatest chart success came when J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers took his song “Last Kiss” to the top of the charts. There’s more music trivia for you.
Cochran released four albums during his career before retiring in the early ‘80s.