Don Cochrane – Entertainer – Living

Born: April 23, 1944 - Kingston, Ontario, CANADA

Don Cochrane first performed at high school dances and family gatherings. He later joined “The Fred Paquin Orchestra” and after meeting fellow songwriter Doug Ballard, formed the Murney Tower Singers, and eventually headed-up his own country band, "The Gamblers". In 1971 he became a member of the nationally-touring band "Ralph Carlson & Country Mile".

By the mid-1970's Don became a recording/performing artist supported by his back-up band "Sweet Clover". Cochrane released two albums, "Don Cochrane" a collection produced in 1976 by Barry Brown (Family Brown) and issued on Snocan Records; and in 1978 he released the album "Sweet Clover", produced by Dallas Harms for the Broadland Records label. Four singles from these albums charted nationally. Cochrane's 45 rpm releases came on the Snocan, Broadland and Canuck labels.

In addition to his recordings Don Cochrane also enjoyed success as a songwriter. His songs "Hey Uncle Tom", "Whistle On The River", both co—written with Doug Ballard as well as his composition "Old Bill Jones" were all national chart hits in Canada for The Mercey Brothers. Nashville pioneer George Hamilton IV also cut a version of the "Old Bill Jones" song. Canadian artists who recorded a Don Cochrane song included The Mercey Brothers, Ralph Carlson, Shirley Field, Slim Andrews, Al Hooper, Neil Matthews, Tom Wilson, and many others.

His song "Whistle on The River" Was recently picked up as one of the soundtracks in the Netfix film "Stranger Things".

Don Cochrane was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2005. He lives in Kingston Ontario with his Wife of fifty years, Pat. Don and Pat have three children and seven grandchildren.

 

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