Buddy Holly is thought by many to have been one of the most important artists in Rock’n’Roll history.
How did this happen to a geeky looking youngster from Lubbock, Texas back in the 1950s?
The main things that Buddy Holly had going for him that set him apart from all the others was his massive talent and massive ambition. Holly was writing hit songs at a time when it was relatively unheard of, singing and songwriting were traditionally quite different disciplines and very few had the ability to do both.
Buddy Holly also had something else, a normality that made him so much more to the average ‘no talent kid’ that didn’t have the looks of a Greek God, anything was possible. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Buddy Holly 13th on its list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ in 2011, pretty impressive for an artist that was cut down in his prime at the age of just 22.
(Let us know what your Top 3 Buddy Holly songs are in the comments below)
Rock’n’Roll as we know it, wouldn’t exist without Buddy Holly
– The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
- Buddy Holly was ‘repackaged’ by his agent Lloyd Greenfield who changed his wire-rimmed spectacles for the signature thick horn-rimmed ones inspired by Phil Silver’s television character ‘Sergeant Bilko’!
- The Crickets only had one number 1, ‘That’ll Be The Day’, hit the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic in 1957 and inspired many including Britain’s very own Fab Four, The Beatles.
- Buddy Holly gave Waylon Jennings his big break by including him as his bass player in his new backing band upon leaving The Crickets in ’58. Waylon Jennings actually gave up his seat on the ‘Day The Music Died’ to J.P Richardson aka The Big Bopper – something that he always felt guilty about. Waylon Jennings penned this song for his Old Friend.
- The Beatles took The Crickets idea of ‘insects’ to come up with their own ‘insect-inspired band name’ when they decided they had outgrown The Quarrymen.
- The Quarrymen aka The Beatles recorded ‘That’ll Be The Day’ as one of their very first recordings soon after they heard it on the radio – they were all to become lifelong Buddy Holly fans.
- Holly’s death was to change public policy in the US. Sadly, Buddy Holly’s wife, Maria Elena was two weeks pregnant when she got the news of Buddy’s untimely death on the news. Unfortunately, as a result of the psychological trauma that the demise of her husband triggered, she was to miscarry the first child. US Public Policy was then changed to state that when a person dies in an accident their family must be informed before it is announced on the news.
- Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley on 13th February 1955 at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas as part of his due Buddy and Bob. When Buddy toured the UK in March 1958 a young Des O’Connor was one of the four support acts that toured the country with him.
Don’t forget to let us know what your top 3 Buddy Holly songs are in the comments section below.
Spring Chicken’s Top 5 Buddy Holly Songs;
True Love Ways
That’ll Be The Day
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore