AUGUST 4

ON THIS DATE in 1958, eighteen-year-old Sharon Sheeley became the youngest woman to have written a number-one hit song when Ricky Nelson, also eighteen, topped the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Poor Little Fool.”

Sharon Sheeley with Eddie Cochran.

Sharon Sheeley with Eddie Cochran.

Sheeley later co-wrote “Somethin’ Else” for boyfriend Eddie Cochran, most famous for 1958’s “Summertime Blues.” In April of 1960, a taxi carrying Sheeley, Cochran, and Gene Vincent (“Be-Bop-a-Lulu”) blew a tire and crashed into a lamppost in England. Sheeley and Vincent survived but Cochran, twenty-one, was killed.

 Sheeley wrote several other songs in tandem with Jackie DeShannon that were covered by Brenda Lee, the Fleetwoods, and The Searchers.

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