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Why Buddy Holly will never fade away
The Telegraph ^ | Philip Norman

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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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: buddyholly; rockmusic
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This article is a little dated, but fun to read for modern music lovers....
1 posted on 07/22/2014 1:51:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
FUN TRIVIA:

Though normal-sighted as a teenager, Elton John donned spectacles in imitation of the famous Holly horn-rims and ruined his eyesight as a result.


2 posted on 07/22/2014 1:52:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m only 52, but I’m a big fan of Buddy Holly. I liked him a lot more than I liked Elvis.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 1:53:27 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look at “Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scotts”.


4 posted on 07/22/2014 1:54:19 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Rock n roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died."

5 posted on 07/22/2014 1:54:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Hearing suffers in that business as well.


6 posted on 07/22/2014 1:55:46 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember what the aliens said?

Send more Chuck Berry!

It’s funny, Beatles covered a relatively boring Buddy Holly song, Words of Love.


7 posted on 07/22/2014 1:55:59 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: SeekAndFind

Who?


8 posted on 07/22/2014 1:56:03 PM PDT by MeganC (It took Democrats four hours to deport Elian Gonzalez)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

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 !!


9 posted on 07/22/2014 1:57:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: MeganC

RE: Who?

How old are you?


10 posted on 07/22/2014 1:57:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


11 posted on 07/22/2014 1:58:07 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: SeekAndFind

23.


12 posted on 07/22/2014 2:00:12 PM PDT by MeganC (It took Democrats four hours to deport Elian Gonzalez)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaGYA_KQIJU


13 posted on 07/22/2014 2:01:49 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I can't remember if I cried

When I read about his widowed bride

But something touched me deep inside

The day the music died

--Don McLean, "American Pie"

14 posted on 07/22/2014 2:01:51 PM PDT by DeFault User
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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 ).


15 posted on 07/22/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: MeganC

If you were from Texas, you’d know Buddy Holly anyway.


16 posted on 07/22/2014 2:03:55 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: MeganC

RE: 23.

You are older than Buddy Holly when he died. :)


17 posted on 07/22/2014 2:04:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This article is 100% on target. Buddy Holly was an rare original artist that wrote and performed music
as fresh today as it was when it was performed/recorded. Very little of his music rode on the back of previous successes - his own or others-- and his sound was totally unique for its time and place. He was not a “rock star” or a “teen idol” rather loved for the music he made. That he left us at age 22 makes his legacy all the more amazing and profound.
18 posted on 07/22/2014 2:05:36 PM PDT by yetidog
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To: SeekAndFind

Will Buddy ever fade away? That’ll be the day !!!


19 posted on 07/22/2014 2:05:44 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: SeekAndFind
who died in a plane crash 50 years ago next Tuesday

The day the music died was over 55 years ago, February 3rd, 1959.

20 posted on 07/22/2014 2:07:44 PM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


21 posted on 07/22/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: MeganC
Who?

I think he's the guy who came from Natalie Maines' home town.
22 posted on 07/22/2014 2:09:57 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: SeekAndFind
The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Byrds

Blind Faith. "Well All Right."

23 posted on 07/22/2014 2:11:15 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


24 posted on 07/22/2014 2:11:37 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: cuban leaf

RE: “The Atomic 45’s

But you don’t cover LOUD, EXPLOSIVE music... :)


25 posted on 07/22/2014 2:13:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers - the holy trinity of rock & roll.


26 posted on 07/22/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


27 posted on 07/22/2014 2:17:10 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: atc23

Jimmie Rodgers was the best.


28 posted on 07/22/2014 2:17:11 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Naw. Just “Radioactive hits from the nifty fifties.”


29 posted on 07/22/2014 2:20:22 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


30 posted on 07/22/2014 2:20:56 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: MayflowerMadam

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.


31 posted on 07/22/2014 2:21:59 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: ifinnegan

Always wondered if George couldn’t play the guitar riff in Words of Love. He falls a note short.


32 posted on 07/22/2014 2:36:09 PM PDT by o-n-money (ned)
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To: atc23

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 )


33 posted on 07/22/2014 2:38:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: MeganC
Who?

Don't worry little sister.

They're all hung up...

In the 60s! man....

34 posted on 07/22/2014 2:40:36 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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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 Ethan’s (John Wayne) repeated use of the phrase “That’ll 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.


35 posted on 07/22/2014 2:43:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bkmk


36 posted on 07/22/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: SeekAndFind

My favorites growing up were Holly and Kiss ...not that it made any sense.


37 posted on 07/22/2014 2:44:17 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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RE: My favorites growing up were Holly and Kiss .

Twenty years apart... how did that happen?


38 posted on 07/22/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to mention that inspired by Holly’s band the Crickets, Lennon and McCartney decided to call their band The Beatles.


39 posted on 07/22/2014 2:49:10 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


40 posted on 07/22/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A cover performed by Buddy Holly & friends that not too many people have heard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rakpcDv6DFQ


41 posted on 07/22/2014 2:57:22 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: SeekAndFind

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’.


42 posted on 07/22/2014 3:01:20 PM PDT by Stevenc131
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‘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 didn’t 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. Prism’s chief objective was to tap into the huge reservoir of musical talent in West Texas, where Holly grew up.”

- See more at: http://rockhall.com/blog/post/9334_buddy-hollys-final-recordings/#sthash.bghZGybt.dpuf


43 posted on 07/22/2014 3:04:02 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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I always liked this picture:


44 posted on 07/22/2014 3:10:02 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: yarddog

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.


45 posted on 07/22/2014 3:12:24 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Fungi

The song Castles in the Air is one of my favorites.


46 posted on 07/22/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: Tax-chick
I will always love the music of ROY ORBISON.

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.

47 posted on 07/22/2014 3:27:20 PM PDT by capt. norm
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To: SeekAndFind

Not persuaded by his argument that buddy holly was a bigger pioneer than elvis. Holly song list pretty weak. Peggy sue? Not much there.


48 posted on 07/22/2014 3:29:13 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: capt. norm

Roy Orbison was a very impressive vocalist.


49 posted on 07/22/2014 3:31:29 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Fantasywriter

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 !!


50 posted on 07/22/2014 3:33:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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