Skip to comments.Buddy Holly: ’Day the Music Died,’ 50 years ago
Posted on 02/03/2009 8:03:41 PM PST by Flavius
DULUTH, Minn. The rickety old bus pulled out of the Duluth Armory late on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1959, and headed across St. Louis Bay into the frigid Wisconsin night.
On board were some exhausted and stinky rock n rollers and their harried manager. The Winter Dance Party tour had just finished its ninth gig in as many days and was headed for Appleton and Green Bay, Wis., for two shows that Sunday.
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Not for the 50’s myself ... but, its what it is .
I blame Castro, Right Wing Oil Men and the Mafia.
No. Who did the punks do a newsgroup banner for when he croaked?
GET OFF MY LAWN YOU LITTLE BARSTIDS!!!!!
Why do baby boomers need to memorialize pop culture figures and turn them into icons? I’m sick of it. I don’t care how many years ago Elvis died on the can, or the beatles broke up, and I am STILL sick and tired of hearing any track from John Lennon’s last album. Please just move on with your life, OK? I don’t see any Gen-Xers observing the anniversary of Duran Duran’s breakup, or reunion or whatever. Sheesh.
GET OFF MY LAWN!
Oh how do you feel about it really.
They sure made a fuss over that loser in “nirvana” though, didn’t they?
Non baby boomers are such whiners. Get over it.
It's only rock and roll....
You’ve gotta know the wheat from the chaff, and you’ve just announced to the whole world that you don’t. That’s all right. Buddy Holly was no Duran Duran, even if he’ll be eventually forgotten like Rudi Vallee. But 50 years of staying power unlike most of his contemporaries counts for something. Check him out, he’s better at his weakest than what’s on today’s radio and MTV, he really is.
Buddy Holly Live in New York ~ Peggy Sue 1958
and heck, we still have to hear about that wierdo who did the Moonwalk.
I had a girl, Donna was her name
Since she left me I’ve never been the same
‘Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be? Where can you be?
Oh, Donna, oh, Donna
Oh, Donna, oh, Donna
I wrote a negative letter to the editor right after Kurt died and his wife called me up and cussed me out.
Buddy Holly - True Love Ways
She could have hurt you, LOL.
He made an obscure 20th century reference.
Richie Valens ~ Sleepwalk
that was slimy.
Don Mclean - American pie (live)
I am not a boomer, a few years older, but I do not think it is terrible to remember your youth. Buddy Holly was of my youth and his music was wonderful in our time. Sorry you feel that it is not significant but to the ones who lived during that time, it was. And why does it bother you?
I love the music I grew up with, I don’t obsess over what artist died when or how. I am annoyed with how baby boomers seem to think the whole world revolves around these pop culture idol’s history and I am tired of these constant media orgies over what are minor events in history.
Duran Duran was no Buddy Holly. It was three major pop idols of Rock music dying at the same in '59 at a time there were more teenagers than adults in every town who enjoyed dancing to the music. There was no internet and Rock musicians still knew how to play guitar. People looked forward to watching Ed Sullivan every week to see the latest act (most of which were GREAT, unlike today). It was a different culture. It was better. America was better. There was more optimism. Losers couldn't become pop stars then. You had to be good. The music was good. It was better.No one had nose rings and girls didn't sport tattoos on their butts.
The Crickets ~ Not Fade Away
Buddy gave us, among other things, double-tracked vocals. So what? Find yourself some Beatles’ recordings that are NOT double-tracked.
More importantly, Buddy and his pioneer cohorts fought and paid dearly to legitimize rock-n-roll.
Those who cannot appreciate what these guys did for those who came after are the same small-picture people who cannot appreciate what those “old guys” in the VFW overseas caps did for them.
Just sigh, and “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” ;)
Buddy Holly was pre-boomer, btw. Wrong generation.
His music did inspire the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
The Gary Busey film about Holly is worth watching.
I'll do this nice... No Sergeant voice intended.
Those 'minor events' in history... Dude, that's all we had. There was no internet. There was no TV most of the time. I had morse code on the ham radio.
NO INTERNET! NO TV!
You would (not do well) and I would kick your butt at Monopoly.
OH my I do love that song...
I don't think you even want to go there.
If you get a chance go to Graceland and check out the gold records.
Walls,and I'm talking walls of gold records.Elvis was a true icon around the world.
I was comparing the behaviour of two different generations, not the skill of two different artists. The music is not the man, and it is IMHO foolish to idolize anybody on the basis of how good a musician they are. Enjoy the music, yes, but to elevate the musician into some cult idol? That is silly.
If they are not teaching kids today about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Don McLean's "American Pie" in school, there's a problem.
” his wife called me up and cussed me out.”
That must have been something else-that woman could probably make a drill sergeant blush;)
There was no internet and Rock musicians still knew how to play guitar. People looked forward to watching Ed Sullivan every week to see the latest act (most of which were GREAT, unlike today). It was a different culture. It was better. America was better. There was more optimism. Losers couldn't become pop stars then. You had to be good. The music was good. It was better.No one had nose rings and girls didn't sport tattoos on their butts.
The influence Ed Sullivan had during the course of his generation was unreal.
He had what was possibly the most remarkable career in the history of network television (yes, that even includes the likes of Johnny Carson).
I didn’t have INTERNET till I went to University, and it was many years after that till it became available at home.
Also, you would not kick my butt at Monopoly because I can’t stand playing it. Too long, too boring.
Sit through Hendrix in NY.
GET OFF MY LAWN!
It was amazing.
There were fewer networks and shows, of course. But the musical acts that were on Sullivan in the '50s and '60s were incredible. There's NOTHING like that today. Everyone would be talking about it at school. In a way it held the country together. You knew everyone was watching Ed Sullivan. An amazing period in television and American culture.
I still love listening to him.
That’s because Gen-X losers don’t have any music worth celebrating.
Deal with it.
Don’t be silly, it was BUSH’S FAULT !
(for old time sake)
They have the B**th**e Surfers, and "I Love Her So I Had to Kill Her" How's that for Hall of Fame material?
You left out Nixon.