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

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