The Buddy Holly Story

Few days back I wrote a post (unpublished )onthe song American Pie. The song, about the Day the Music Died. refers to the accidental death of 3 famous musicians, one more famous among the trio. A guy, most people in this generation wouldnt be aware of. Another fact, most of us arent aware of is, the inspiration this young man had onthe music of that decade as well as the decades to come. Thats why I thought of first writing about Who and What Buddy Holly was, BEFORE we pick up more serious questions of life and death.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones & Bob Dylan can perhaps thought to be the Holy Trinity of Rock music. You may as well consider Buddy as the God of Rock & Roll,sure the King of Rock & Roll was and will always be there. He may not have actually inspired most of the artists today. Most of them wouldnt have listened to him. But he is the forefather, we all have just heard or read about. He is the one who inspired Rock music. He is the one who begun Rock & Roll.

Talking about the influence, he had on the holy trinity.
The Beatles Beatles had been a big fans of his, with both Lennon & McCartney citing him as their major influence (along side Elvis, without whom in Lennon’s words, there would have been no Beatles. The name Beatles was chosen partly as a homage to Buddy’s band, Buddy Holly and The Crickets. A cover of Holly’s was there in their first Album Please Please Me and even for the last Beatles Album Let It Be, a Buddy cover “Mailman, bring me no more Blues” was recorded, although not released in the album.

Bob Dylan 31st Jan, 1959, 2 days BEFORE Buddy’s death, a 17 year old Dylan attended (perhaps?) the last Buddy concert and even 40 years later in 1998, when Dylan got a Grammy, he mentioned Buddy thus

and I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him…and he LOOKED at me. and I just have some sort of feeling that he was — I don’t know how or why — but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way

The Rolling StonesKeith Richard attended Buddy’s concert where he heard the song “Not Fade Away” and even they had a major hit with a cover of this song.
This might be a starting point for a list of other artists


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