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Tom Cochrane

Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane first caught the public's attention in the '80s when he was the lead singer of the popular Canadian rock group Red Rider. Other early members were guitarist Ken Greer, drummer Rob Baker, keyboardist Peter Boynton, and bassist Jeff Jones. The band recorded several well-received albums. By the next decade, Cochrane was taking the spotlight by turning to a prolific solo career that encompassed a heavy touring schedule that carried him across Canada and saw him find favor in the United States as well. He recorded a number of albums and had some big hits, such as "Life Is a Highway." All of the overnight success came from years of hard work that started in his childhood when he first began penning musical tunes. Cochrane was born in 1953 in Lynn Lake, a mining town in Manitoba, Canada. His family moved to Ontario before he was of school age. It was there that he wrote his first song when he was only 11, and was the proud owner of his first guitar before he hit his teens. Once Cochrane was old enough to enter bars, he started landing jobs entertaining in them. In 1974, he signed a contact with Daffodil Records to record a debut album, Hang on to Your Resistance. The album didn't make even a tiny wave in the music world, probably for lack of promotion instead of quality. Cochrane didn't give up. He found gigs where he could, and worked day jobs like dishwasher, taxicab driver, and delivery man so he could eat and keep a roof over his head. By 1980 Cochrane had earned plenty of experience and a spot as lead singer for a group known as Red Rider. That same year, the band released their debut album, Don't Fight It. The full-length offering sold better than hoped for, and brought in rave reviews and a gold hit single, "White Hot." Over the next few years, Red Rider recorded over half-a-dozen albums and pulled off several big hits, many written by Cochrane. There was serious trouble in the group by 1984, and things quickly fell apart. When the pieces were put back together, the band had a longer name, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider. In 1987, the group claimed a Juno Award for Group of the Year. Cochrane had grown a large enough fan base on his own by this point that his failed solo debut was re-released by Capitol Records. He went on to complete two more albums with Red Rider: Victory Day in 1988 and The Symphony Session in 1989. In 1991, Cochrane once again stepped out on his own with the superb album Mad Mad World. Its success carried over from his homeland into the United States. In 1993, he switched to the EMI label for his next album, Ashes to Diamonds: A Collection. Through the '90s he completed other full-length offerings, such as Ragged Ass Road, Songs of a Circling Spirit, and X-Ray Sierra. Two compilations, Anthology and Trapeze: The Collection, arrived in 2002, followed by No Stranger in 2006. ~ Charlotte Dillon
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Tom Cochrane

  1.   Song
  2.   Life Is a Highway
  3.   Boy Inside the Man
  4.   Big League by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
  5.   Art of Listening
  6.   Boy Inside the Man by Red Rider
  7.   Lunatic Fringe
  8.   Good Times by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
  9.   Everything Comes Around
  10.   Human Race
  11.   Brave and Crazy
  12.   River of Stone
  13.   The Secret Is to Know When to Stop
  14.   Sinking Like a Sunset
  15.   No Regrets
  16.   Mad Mad World
  17.   Washed Away
  18.   White Hot
  19.   Heartbreak Girl
  20.   Northern Frontier
  21.   Lasting Song
  22.   Love Is a Highway
  23.   What's in You?
  24.   Revelations: Visions in a Dream
  25.   Piece of Your Soul
  26.   Windy Night in Fall
  27.   Marianne and Lenny
  28.   Stonecutter's Arms
  29.   I Wonder
  30.   This Is the World
  31.   Victory Day by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
  32.   Friendly Advice
  33.   Emotional Truth
  34.   Get Back Up
  35.   Napoleon Sheds His Skin
  36.   All the King's Men
  37.   Good Man (Feeling Bad) by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
  38.   Best Waste of Time
  39.   Dreamer's Dream
  40.   Crawl
  41.   Paper Tigers
  42.   Wildest Dreams
  43.   I Wish You Well
  44.   One More Time (Some Old Habits)
  45.   Ocean Blues (Emotion Blues)
  46.   Loading
  47.   Ashes to Diamonds
  48.   Will of the Gun
  49.   When I'm With You
  50.   Hang on to Your Resistance
  51.   Love Under Fire
  52.   Victory Day by Red Rider
  53.   Another Page
  54.   Willie Dixon Said
  55.   Message (Rise up Again)
  56.   Flowers in the Concrete
  57.   Just Scream
  58.   Citizen Cain
  59.   Beautiful Day
  60.   Song Before I Leave
  61.   Didn't I Lorraine
  62.   The Untouchable One
  63.   Bigger Man
  64.   West Coast Saga
  65.   Charlie Was a Dancer
  66.   You're Driving Me Crazy (Faith Healers)
  67.   Ragged Ass Road
  68.   I Wish That I Could (See You Now)

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