Wayne Cochran joined the band in Rock and Roll Heaven last week. Probably only a few of you know or know of Wayne Cochran but his on-stage power made him quite an influence on American soul and rock performers in the sixties-seventies. Most famous for writing the song "The Last Kiss" he was known for belting out throaty, nothing-held-back performances and just as well known for his enormous white, helmet-like pompadour hair style. The hair inspired the sobriquet "The White Knight of Soul." He backed Otis Redding on bass in Otis' earlier days and most of his stage moves as a front man were similar to James Brown's because they were both from Georgia, both were explosive performers and they knew each other well. Cochran never hit it big like some others who gave less to their audiences but those of us who were there at the time will always marvel at his incandescence. As something of a side note, one of Jaco Pastorius' earliest pro gigs was playing in Cocnran's C.C.Riders. Thanks for the shows, Wayne.