Skip to comments.Why Buddy Holly will never fade away
Posted on 07/22/2014 1:51:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
On the basis of simply counting heads, rock music surpasses even film as the 20th century's most influential art form. By that reckoning, there is a case for calling Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash 50 years ago next Tuesday, the century's most influential musician.
Holly and Elvis Presley are the two seminal figures of 1950s rock 'n' roll, the place where modern rock culture began. Virtually everything we hear on CD or see on film or the concert stage can be traced back to those twin towering icons Elvis with his drape jacket and swivelling hips and Buddy in big black glasses, brooding over the fretboard of his Fender Stratocaster guitar.
But Presley's contribution to original, visceral rock 'n' roll was little more than that of a gorgeous transient; having unleashed the world-shaking new sound, he soon forsook it for slow ballads, schlock movie musicals and Las Vegas cabarets. Holly, by contrast, was a pioneer and a revolutionary. His was a multidimensional talent which seemed to arrive fully formed in a medium still largely populated by fumbling amateurs. The songs he co-wrote and performed with his backing band the Crickets remain as fresh and potent today as when recorded on primitive equipment in New Mexico half a century ago: That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Not Fade Away.
To call someone who died at 22 "the father of rock" is not as fanciful as it seems. As a songwriter, performer and musician, Holly is the progenitor of virtually every world-class talent to emerge in the Sixties and Seventies. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Bruce Springsteen all freely admit they began to play only after Buddy taught them how.
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I’m only 52, but I’m a big fan of Buddy Holly. I liked him a lot more than I liked Elvis.
Look at “Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scotts”.
"Rock n roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died."
Hearing suffers in that business as well.
Remember what the aliens said?
Send more Chuck Berry!
It’s funny, Beatles covered a relatively boring Buddy Holly song, Words of Love.
Unlike Elvis, Buddy Holly was relatively free of any self-destructive tendencies. He was very amiable and quite religious too.
One can only wonder how his music would have evolved had he lived longer to write and perform more music.
He was only 22 when he died !!
How old are you?
Not a huge fan of Holly — can take him or leave him. But his song, “True Love Ways”, is one of my favorites. Just beautiful.
Youtube has a lot of his demos which is pretty cool. Amazing he did so much in only a few years. One story I like was he was doing an interview at a radio station with Waylon Jennings and the DJ bet him he couldn’t write a song in 5 minutes and they took a 5 minute break and they came back with this.........
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
--Don McLean, "American Pie"
RE: Don McLean, “American Pie”
And don’t forget the refrain: “That’ll be the day that I die” (from Buddy Holly’s hit song ).
If you were from Texas, you’d know Buddy Holly anyway.
You are older than Buddy Holly when he died. :)
Will Buddy ever fade away? That’ll be the day !!!
The day the music died was over 55 years ago, February 3rd, 1959.
What also interesting is the CAB report on his plane crash which I read a few years back. It seem the pilot was flying a plane that had an attitude indicator he wasn’t familiar with and he read it in reverse, he thought he was going up when actually he was going down and he went to bank to the right and slammed into the ground right wing first and the thing rolled into a ball and was stopped by a fence which ejected all the passengers right there except the pilot.
Blind Faith. "Well All Right."
I’m in a band that does nothing but 1955-1965 “pop/rock”. We do a LOT of Buddy Holly. The vocalizations are a big part of it.
Oddly, this band has gone from me helping a guy with a musical home schooling project for his 15 year old daughter and 16 year old son to becoming a VERY popular local band. In three months we went from playing a couple of “senior centers” for free to local clubs trying us and, after the first set, trying to nail us down for future gigs.
People can’t get enough of this stuff for some reason. I dunno. Maybe it’s the times. Regardless, I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had in a gigging band.
BTW, we’re called “The Atomic 45’s”.
Duck and cover!
RE: The Atomic 45s
But you don’t cover LOUD, EXPLOSIVE music... :)
Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers - the holy trinity of rock & roll.
I always liked Buddy Holley and had a couple of his albums.
Now my Daughter who was born nearly 20 years after Holley died, really loves him. She also is a big fan of Don McClean.
Jimmie Rodgers was the best.
Naw. Just “Radioactive hits from the nifty fifties.”
Reportedly the John Wayne movie “The Searchers” was seen in a theater in Texas by Buddy Holly and his friends in the summer of 1956. They were so impressed with Ethan’s (John Wayne) repeated use of the phrase “That’ll be the day” that they used it as the title for their now standard rock song, which they composed soon after.
I wasn’t a fan at all - until I joined a band (see above) that plays his stuff. It’s really a lot of fun, and when you think of the world he created it from, it’s amazing.
Always wondered if George couldn’t play the guitar riff in Words of Love. He falls a note short.
RE: Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers - the holy trinity of rock & roll.
“And in the streets: the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died”
— Don McLean ( AMERICAN PIE )
Don't worry little sister.
They're all hung up...
RE: Reportedly the John Wayne movie The Searchers was seen in a theater in Texas by Buddy Holly and his friends in the summer of 1956. They were so impressed with Ethans (John Wayne) repeated use of the phrase Thatll be the day
I remember this specific dialog in the movie:
[After a long fruitless search for the girl ]
Reverend Clayton: You wanna quit Ethan?
Ethan: That’ll be the day.
My favorites growing up were Holly and Kiss ...not that it made any sense.
RE: My favorites growing up were Holly and Kiss .
Twenty years apart... how did that happen?
Not to mention that inspired by Holly’s band the Crickets, Lennon and McCartney decided to call their band The Beatles.
A girlfriend’s mom went to high school with Buddy Holly. She said that it was a small class and the guys treated him like crap. Well, he came back to the reunion and, of course, the girls went crazy for him and the dudes acted like his best friend. Holly was only there for the the few who were originally nice to him, and ignored the rest. She said it had the polarizing effect on the others that he likely hoped for.
A cover performed by Buddy Holly & friends that not too many people have heard:
Poor guy, he didn’t have auto tune microphones and he didn’t use a bunch of pre-recorded backing tracks. All he was able to do was get up onstage and play and sing the songs he wrote. I guess it’s pretty safe to say he’ll never in the same league as current musical ‘artists’.
‘One can only wonder how his music would have evolved had he lived longer to write and perform more music.’
A glimpse of Holly’s plans for the future:
“By the time [Buddy Holly and his wife] had settled into their Manhattan apartment, Holly had set up a recording and publishing company called Prism, which he intended to focus on as a talent-spotter and producer, parallel to his songwriting and performing career. His dreams didnt end there: he wanted to perform in movies (like Elvis Presley did), write musical scores for films, record a gospel album (ideally with among his favorite gospel singers, Mahalia Jackson) and begin collaborating on duets with other artists, such as Ray Charles. Prisms chief objective was to tap into the huge reservoir of musical talent in West Texas, where Holly grew up.”
Don Mcclean rocks. All his albums are sheer genus. Everybody loves me Baby, The Legen of Andrew Mcreue, Wonderful baby, Castles in the Air—all great tunes.
The song Castles in the Air is one of my favorites.
He sang a lot of sad songs and led a very tragic life.
Every big success he had was followed by something tragic in his personal life.
He had an impressive 3-octave range and the audience loved him. Here's a qute from his bio:
A year before Beatlemania overtook the United States in 1964, the four lads from Liverpool invited Orbison to open for them on their English tour. On his first night, Orbison performed 14 encores before the Beatles even made it on stage.
Not persuaded by his argument that buddy holly was a bigger pioneer than elvis. Holly song list pretty weak. Peggy sue? Not much there.
Roy Orbison was a very impressive vocalist.
RE: and begin collaborating on duets with other artists, such as Ray Charles.
THAT would have been something. I would REALLY love to hear that !!