Tom Cochrane

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Tom Cochrane
Tom Cochrane.jpg
Tom Cochrane, Ottawa 2003
Background information
Born(1953-05-14) May 14, 1953 (age 60)
OriginLynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada
GenresRock, heartland rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1973–present
LabelsCapitol, Universal Music
Associated actsRed Rider
Websitewww.tomcochrane.com
 
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Tom Cochrane
Tom Cochrane.jpg
Tom Cochrane, Ottawa 2003
Background information
Born(1953-05-14) May 14, 1953 (age 60)
OriginLynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada
GenresRock, heartland rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1973–present
LabelsCapitol, Universal Music
Associated actsRed Rider
Websitewww.tomcochrane.com

Thomas William "Tom" Cochrane, OC (born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian musician,[1] best known for his hit songs "Life Is a Highway", "Lunatic Fringe", "Human Race" and "I Wish You Well". Cochrane fronted the Canadian rock band Red Rider and has won seven Juno Awards. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,[2] an Officer of the Order of Canada,[3] has an Honorary Doctorate from Brandon University and is an Honorary Colonel [4] in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In September 2009, he was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame.[5]

Biography[edit]

Earlier life[edit]

Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, to Violet and Tuck Cochrane, a bush pilot. The family relocated to Acton, Ontario, when Tom was four years old and later to Etobicoke, Ontario. He purchased his first guitar at age 11 by selling a toy train set. Cochrane attended Martingrove Collegiate Institute in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, he was performing in coffee houses across Canada. He eventually made his way to Los Angeles where he found a job writing theme music for the movie My Pleasure Is My Business, the Xaviera Hollander story. Unable to find steady income from music, Cochrane returned to Toronto, where he drove a taxi cab and later took a job on a Caribbean cruise liner.

Red Rider[edit]

After meeting at the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto, Cochrane joined the Canadian Rock Band Red Rider in 1978 and served as their lead singer and main songwriter for more than ten years. Red Rider included Ken Greer, Jeff Jones, Peter Boynton and Rob Baker. Bruce Allen managed the band from their debut until 1985. Cochrane recorded six studio albums with Red Rider plus a live album, a best of album and a box set. By 1986, the band was billed as "Tom Cochrane & Red Rider".

In 2002, Cochrane reunited with his former Red Rider bandmates Greer and Jones and continues to perform with them today. A complete listing of Red Rider's recordings is included below.

Solo career[edit]

Already a household name in Canada from his time with Red Rider, Cochrane launched his solo career in 1991 with the release of the song "Life is a Highway". The single became a global success and was followed by the release of his Mad Mad World album, which would reach the six million mark in worldwide sales. The albums Ragged Ass Road, Songs of a Circling Spirit, X-Ray Sierra and No Stranger followed. Cochrane's massive body of music and energetic live shows have established him as one of Canada's most-treasured artists.

Today[edit]

An avid golfer, pilot and hockey buff, Cochrane lives in Oakville, Ontario and spends summers at his cottage/studio on the shores of Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario and winters part-time at his home outside of Austin, Texas. Tom and his wife Kathleene have two daughters, Cody and Evanne. Cochrane continues to tour and perform in Canada where he remains a popular live act. In 2006 the group Rascal Flatts charted in the top 10 of the Hot 100 with a cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway", which they recorded for the Pixar film Cars. Although "Life Is a Highway" was not released to country radio, several country stations began playing the song, causing it to chart within the top 20 of Hot Country Songs. Chris Ledoux also had a country hit with Life Is A Highway.

Honours[edit]

Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction: Cochrane was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2003 for outstanding contribution to the greater recognition of Canadian music. The ceremony took place April 5, 2003 at Casino du Lac-Meamy in Gatineau, Quebec. The following night, Cochrane was honoured for his induction in a speech by Jeff Healey at the Juno Awards at the Corel Centre (now Scotiabank Place in Ottawa). Cochrane closed the show by performing a medley of his hits and was joined onstage by host Shania Twain for the final song, "Life Is a Highway".

Order of Canada: In April 2008, Cochrane received the highest honour for a Canadian Citizen when he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Cochrane was honoured for a lifetime of charity work, his contribution to the arts and for being unabashedly Canadian.

Canada's Walk of Fame: In September 2009, Cochrane was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. The induction was highlighted by a 2-hour nationally televised gala at Toronto's Four Season's Center for the Performing Arts. Anne Murray hosted the event which also included the inductions of Kim Cattrall, Raymond Burr, Blue Rodeo, Dsquared2, Howie Mandel, Robert Munsch and Chantal Petitclerc.

Honorary Colonel: In November 2007, Cochrane was formally invested as an Honorary Colonel (HCol) by the Royal Canadian Air Force's 409 "Nighthawks" Tactical Fighter Squadron. As part of his investiture weekend, Cochrane experienced his second flight in a CF-18.

Honorary Doctorate: In May 2005, Cochrane received an Honorary Doctorate from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. In addition, musician James Ehnes, journalist Henry Champ and actress Shirley Douglas received Honorary Doctorates from the University at the Spring Convocation held May 28, 2005.

Canadian Music Industry Humanitarian Award: In March 2005, Cochrane received the Humanitarian Award at the Canadian Music Industry Association's (CMIA) gala dinner in Toronto during the annual Canadian Music Week Festival.

Allan Waters Humanitarian Award: In April 2013, Tom Cochrane received the award at the 2013 Juno Awards gala dinner.

Charity[edit]

Cochrane has been a longtime supporter of World Vision and has traveled to Africa several times. He has also served as the Honorary Chairman of the SuperWalk for Parkinsons and has been a proud supporter of WSPA, War Child, Amnesty International, and the Make Poverty History campaign.

Canada For Asia: On January 13, 2005, Cochrane, his wife Kathleene and Alex Lifeson spearheaded a benefit concert in support of tsunami relief in Asia. 150 Canadian stars appeared including Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Oscar Peterson, Celine Dion, Rush and Barenaked Ladies. The concert, which was produced and televised by CBC TV, raised over $4 million in pledges.

Live 8 Concert: On July 2, 2005, Cochrane kicked off the Canadian edition of the Live 8 benefit concerts in Barrie, Ontario performing his hits "Life Is A Highway" and "No Regrets". The Live 8 concerts took place in the G8 states and in South Africa to pressure world leaders to drop the debt of the world's poorest nations, increase and improve aid, and negotiate fair trade rules in the interest of the poorest countries.

Winnipeg Key To The City: On June 12, 2012, Tom Cochrane received Winnipeg, Manitoba's key to the city [6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

With Red Rider[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Solo[edit]

Release dateTitleChart peakAlbum
Canada
RPM 100
US
Hot 100
US
Main-
stream
Rock
1973"You're Driving Me Crazy (Faith Healers)"71Hang on to Your Resistance
1974"Charlie Was a Dancer"
1976"Sail On"Non-album single
1991"Life Is a Highway"166Mad Mad World
"No Regrets"37
1992"Sinking Like a Sunset"2
"Mad Mad World"25
"Washed Away"788
"Bigger Man"45
1995"I Wish You Well"1101Ragged Ass Road
"Wildest Dreams"5
1996"Dreamer's Dream"4
"Crawl"11
1997"Lunatic Fringe"70Songs of a Circling Spirit
"Good Man Feeling Bad"46
1999"I Wonder"86X-Ray Sierra
"Willie Dixon Said"30
"Stonecutter's Arms"
"Heartbreak Girl"
2005"Christmas All The Time"Non-album single
2006"Didn't Mean"No Stranger
"The Party's Not Over"
2007"Out Of My Head"
"Northern Star"
"—" denotes a single that didn't chart

With Red Rider[edit]

Release dateTitleChart peakAlbum
Canada
RPM 100
US
Hot 100
US
Main-
stream
Rock
1980"White Hot"2048Don't Fight It
"Don't Fight It"75103
1981"What Have You Got To Do"42As Far as Siam
"Lunatic Fringe"11
1983"Human Race"2911Neruda
"Power (Strength in Numbers)"13
"Crack the Sky (Breakaway)"39
1984"Young Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me)"447113Breaking Curfew
"Breaking Curfew"93
1986"Boy Inside The Man"2517Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
"The Untouchable One"7048
1987"One More Time (Some Old Habits)"85
"Ocean Blues (Emotion Blue)"88
1988"Big League"49Victory Day
1989"Good Times"2
"Victory Day"32
"Different Drummer"67
"White Hot" (Live)50The Symphony Sessions
2002"Just Like Ali"Trapeze: The Collection
"Pictures From The Edge"
"—" denotes a single that didn't chart

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
1988"Big League"[7]Victory Day
1991"Life Is a Highway"[8]David Storey
1992"No Regrets"Curtis Wehrfritz
1995"Wildest Dreams"George Dougherty

Awards[edit]

Juno Awards:
  • 2003 - Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1992 - Songwriter of the Year
  • 1992 - Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1992 - Single of the Year ("Life Is A Highway")
  • 1992 - Album of the Year (Mad Mad World)
  • 1987 - Composer of the Year
  • 1987 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)

Juno Award nominations:

  • 2008 - Adult Alternative Album of the Year (No Stranger)
  • 2000 - Best Male Artist
  • 1996 - Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1996 - Album of the Year (Ragged Ass Road)
  • 1993 - Songwriter of the Year
  • 1993 - Best Selling Album [Foreign or Domestic] (Mad Mad World)
  • 1993 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
  • 1992 - Producer of the Year ("All the King's Men")
  • 1990 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1990 - Album of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Victory Day)
  • 1990 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1989 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1989 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1987 - Composer of the Year
  • 1987 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)

Grammy nominations

  • 1993 - Life Is A Highway (Best Rock Vocal performance)

ASCAP Awards

  • 1993 - Pop Music Award (Life Is A Highway)
  • 2007 - Most Airplay Award (Life Is A Highway)

SOCAN Awards

  • 2008 - Country Award (Life Is A Highway - Rascall Flatts version)
  • 2003 - National Achievement Award
  • 2003 - Classic Award ("Life Is A Highway")
  • 1997 - Pop Music Award ("Dreamer's Dream" and "Wildest Dreams")
  • 1996 - Pop Music Award ("I Wish You Well")
  • 1993 - Pop Music Award ("No Regrets")
  • 1992 - Pop Music Award ("Life Is A Highway")

Television and movies

Additional career highlights[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Music Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Canadian Music Hall of Fame
  3. ^ CBC News April 11, 2008,"43 Canadians receive the order of Canada"
  4. ^ "Nighthawks welcome their new honorary colonel Tom Cochrane"
  5. ^ Digital Journal Sept. 12, 2009, by Andrew Moran, "On The Scene At Canada's Walk Of Fame"
  6. ^ Scene Staff, "Tom Cochrane collects keys to the city in Winnipeg " "it was part of a ceremony at city hall that recognizes June as ALS Awareness Month ... Cochrane has helped raise 1.9 million dollars playing charity concerts" CBC Manitoba Scene 1.
  7. ^ ""Big League" by Tom Cochrane". VH1. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ ""Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane". VH1. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 

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