Monday, January 10, 2011

Music Monday: Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly has become somewhat of a rock god. The story of his death has been written about in ballads, portrayed in movies, and is the stuff of legend. The most interesting thing to me was that Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the plane, and Buddy yelled to him that he hoped the bus he was taking broke down, to which Jennings replied that he hoped their plane would crash.

Of course… it did, bringing to an end the careers of Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper,” not to mention the pilot. To date, this is the most famous thing to ever happen in Iowa.

Holly wrote many songs that became rock and roll staples that were covered by hundreds of famous artists in their live acts and on B sides. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones emulated him early in their careers. And if you want to know why guys in the fifties nearly all looked like the nerds in NASA, look no further than Buddy’s iconic visage.

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