Tom Cochrane

Inducted in 2003

Tom Cochrane has had a long and fascinating career characterized by creative adventurousness and musical and personal integrity.

Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, the son of a bush pilot. The family soon relocated to Ontario, and Cochrane set the stage for his future when, at age 11, he swapped a toy train set for his first guitar.

Career Highlights


Performs at 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.


Wins Songwriter of the Year at The JUNO Awards


Releases biggest album of career, Mad Mad World, selling 2 million copies around the world.


Joins Red Rider in 1978 and releases string of hit albums, including the classic rock single “Lunatic Fringe.”

Quick Fact

Cochrane began in the 1970s performing in Toronto’s then-bohemian Yorkville neighbourhood.


Cochrane releases his debut single “You’re Driving Me Crazy”

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Quick Fact

he Red Rider hit “Lunatic Fringe” is one of the most played songs on American rock radio.