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Tom Cochrane (left) 2003

Tom Cochrane (born May 14, 1953 in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada) is a Canadian singer and composer. After a less successful solo album released in 1974, Cochrane became the lead singer of the group Red Rider in 1978. The group had several hits on the Billboard mainstream rock charts.

Career

After the breakup of Red Rider in 1990, Cochrane released the solo album Mad Mad World in 1991. The album sold over 2 million copies and had a top 10 hit on the Billboard singles chart with Life Is A Highway. The album Ragged Ass Road followed in 1995, and in 1997 Cochrane released Songs Of A Circling Spirit, an album of acoustic versions of his songs. In 2002, after his father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Tom Cochrane released Just Like Ali, a benefit single for the Parkinson Society Canada. In 2005, Cochrane performed at Live 8 in Canada. On October 31, 2006, the first new album No Stranger was released.

Tom Cochrane has won several Juno Awards both as a member of Red Rider and as a solo artist. In 2003, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.[1] In 2006, Life Is A Highway re-entered the U.S. Top 10 with a version by the country band Rascal Flatts.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements[2][3]
(year, title, placements, weeks, awards, notes)
Notes
DE EN AT AT CH CH UK UK US US
1979 Don’t Fight It – — – — – — – — US146
(5 Wo.)US
First release: October 1979
1981 As Far As Siam – — – — – — – — US65
(24 Wo.)US
First release: June 1981
1983 Neruda – — – — – — – — US66
(16 Wo.)US
First release: March 1983
1984 Breaking Curfew – — – — – — – — US137
(8 Wo.)US
First release: September 1984
1986 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – — – — – — – — US112
(12 Wo.)US
First release: May 1986
1988 Victory Day – — – — – — – — US144
(13 Wo.)US
First release: September 1988
1991 Mad Mad World – — – — – — – — US46

Gold

Gold


(29 Wo.)US

First release: September 1991
Solo album

grey shaded: no chart data available from this year

More albums

  • 1974: Hang On to Your Resistance
  • 1987: Over 60 Minutes with Red Rider
  • 1989: The Symphony Sessions
  • 1989: Anthology 1980-1987
  • 1993: Ashes to Diamonds
  • 1995: Ragged Ass Road
  • 1997: Songs of a Circling Spirit
  • 1999: Xray Sierra
  • 2002: Trapeze: The Collection
  • 2006: No Stranger
  • 2015: Take It Home

Singles

Year Title
Album
Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements[2]
(year, title, album, placings, weeks, awards, notes)
Notes
DE EN AT AT CH CH UK UK US US
1980 White Hot
Don’t Fight It
– — – — – — – — US48
(7 Wo.)US
First release: March 1980
with Red Rider
1984 Young Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me)
Breaking Curfew
– — – — – — – — US71
(6 Wo.)US
First release: June 1984
with Red Rider
1991 Life Is a Highway
Mad Mad World
DE31
(13 Wo.)EN
– — – — UK62
(2 Wo.)UK
US6

Gold

Gold


(26 Wo.)US

First release: September 1991
1992 Washed Away
Mad Mad World
– — – — – — – — US88
(4 Wo.)US
First release: August 1992
1995 I Wish You Well
Ragged Ass Road
– — – — – — UK93
(1 Wo.)UK
– —
First release: October 1995

More singles

  • 1981: Lunatic Fringe
  • 1983: Human Race
  • 1986: Boy Inside The Man
  • 1988: Big League
  • 1991: No Regrets
  • 1995: Dreamer’s Dream

Web links

Individual references

  1. Canadian Music Hall of Fame – Inductees.Canadian Music Hall of Fame, retrieved 6 August 2017 (English).
  2. a b Chart sources: DE UK US
  3. Music Sales Awards: US