The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was killed 50 years ago today when the small plane he was travelling in – along with Ritchie Valens, and J. P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson – was brought down in bad weather near Clear Lake in Iowa.
Holly was just 22 years old when he died, but had already made an unforgettable impression on the new music called rock ‘n’ roll, but went on to influence several generations of artists.
Here is what some of the biggest names in rock n roll have to say about Buddy Holly over the years:
“At least the first 40 songs we (The Beatles) wrote were Buddy Holly-influenced.”
“I play Buddy Holly every night before going onstage. It keeps me honest.”
“He made it OK to wear glasses. I was Buddy Holly.”
“You could learn from Buddy Holly how to write songs, the way he put them together. He was a beautiful writer.”
“I only needed specs for reading, but as a result of wearing them all the time to try to look like Buddy Holly, I became genuinely nearsighted.”
“Of all the music heroes of the time, Buddy Holly was the most accessible, and he was the real thing… He was one of us.”
To mark the anniversary of Holly‘s death a new CD collection (‘The Very Best Of Buddy Holly And The Crickets’) and a DVD )’The Music Of Buddy Holly And The Crickets, The Definitive Story’) were released yesterday (February 2).
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