Buddy Holly died in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959 while touring the Midwest with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens. “Fifty years after his death at 22, rock ‘n’ roll founding father Buddy Holly is still cool,” according to NPR’s tribute:.
Holly would have been 72 by now — and probably still rocking and rolling. Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elvis Costello have all paid tribute to Holly as a major influence.
But the music itself wasn’t his only contribution. Holly was among the first artists to use the studio as an instrument: He spent days crafting songs and experimenting with techniques that were still new in the recording business.
It worked. Buddy Holly and the Crickets shot to the top of the charts just months after the band was formed in 1957. Elvis Presley had the sex appeal, but it was Holly’s boy-next-door charm punctuated with horn-rimmed glasses and bow ties, as well as his Southern drawl, that fans adored. Paul McCartney, who in 1976 bought the rights to the entire Holly catalog, remembers seeing him perform on a Sunday night in 1958 at the London Palladium. The Beatles were huge fans. John Lennon wore his horn-rimmed glasses “proudly,” McCartney says — after seeing Holly’s trademark black frames. Read more.
Don Maclaine’s clasic tribute to Buddy Holly immortalized February 3, 1959 as the day the muysic died, but when Garth Brooks sand Bye Bye Miss American Pie at the Lincoln Memoriallast month, we knew the music never would die. Unfortunately, thanks to the copyright grinches, the video is no longer available.