Wayne Cochran and the C C Riders - On The Jackie Gleason Show In 1965 - The 'White Knight of Soul' Was Seemingly Just a Paler, Less Gifted Shade of James Brown - In Truth, Wayne Was a Titanic Entertainer Voicing His Art With a Heart Full of Soul

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‘I started my first band in 1955, and between then, and l963, I had put together three local successful bands, and had moved to Macon. In 1963, I hired a four-piece rhythm section. I called them the “C.C. Riders”, which stood for “Cochran’s Circuit Riders”. I bought an Old Flexible Flyer tour bus. It was the same color as James Brown’s bus….. so cool! A battery for that bus cost $365.00. We had to push it to get it started, but once it got started, it would run fine. We did one month at the Jolly Roger in Nashville, Tennessee, on Printer’s Alley. It was there I learned my first James Brown song, “Out of Sight”.


By Rich Buckland 08/09/2013 02:32 PM

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  1. Bob Ahearn wrote on 10/14/2013 05:11 AM

    Use to sneak in through the kitchen and watch him over on 79th street causeway, Miami.

  2. Virginia cochran wrote on 02/12/2015 06:36 PM

    I saw Wayne Cochran and Cc riders in houston Texas when I was 19. He was one of the greats. I have been in club business for 30 years. The man is bad. Is he still around. Virginia. Cochran

  3. Virginia Cochran wrote on 02/12/2015 06:39 PM

    I saw Wayne when I was 19 in houston Texas. I have to say he is one of the greats. Is he still around. Virginia. Cochran

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