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Fabulous Fifties

Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!

Buddy Holly:

Born in 1936; Died in 1959 at the age of 22 in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of fellow rock stars Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

Holly was a musician ahead of his time, and just before his death had begun toying with overdubbing and effects while recording, such as adding orchestration into his songs. A man of many hits, including That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Oh Boy, It’s So Easy, and Rave On.

Buddy Holly and the Crickets-That’ll Be the Day

Top 5 Buddy Holly Songs:

5. Maybe Baby

4. That’ll Be The Day

3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

2. Peggy Sue

  1. Rave On

This Day in History

February 3, 1959:

The Day the Music Died.

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their plane crashed during an ice storm. The three musicians were on the Winter Dance party tour. They typically took a chartered bus from one city to the next, but the freezing weather made the rides cold an uncomfortable, with some performers suffering from frostbite and pneumonia as a result. After playing a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly decided to charter a plane to the next venue, rather than take the bus. The small plane took off late a night in a snowstorm under poor visibility, crashing into a cornfield soon after takeoff. The three musicians, along with pilot Roger Peterson, were killed instantly.

Taken From: This Day in History by Jim Daley; Copyright 2019; Publications International, LTD

Everyday (1957) – Buddy Holly

One of the best of all time!

Observation Blogger

I adored this song as a kid in the coming-of-age movie Stand By Me. It is one of the monumental tracks in the origin of Rock n Roll music. Buddy Holly influenced the cream of the crop in music who started out in the 60’s. His life was tragically cut short at the peak of his young career in an air-plane crash on February 3, 1959.

Something about him seemed permanent and he filled me with conviction,” Dylan said of seeing Holly on stage. “Then out of the blue, the most uncanny thing happened, he looked at me right straight there in the eye and he transmitted something, something I didn’t know what. It gave me the chills‘. – Bob Dylan, Nobel Lecture (2016)

Today’s song, Everyday was released as the B side of Peggy Sue. Buddy Holly released it with The Crickets, but…

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