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Rave On Buddy
The Best Of - Buddy Holly
Member Name: Grimsbygal
The Best Of - Buddy Holly
Date: 19/10/01, updated on 19/10/01 (177 review reads)
Advantages: full of energy, exceptional talent
Disadvantages: he is dead
On February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash. On that evening America lost one of their most talented young musicians of all time. He was only 22 when he passed away. My mum was only 4 so I was not even a distant thought. So how come I enjoy his music? I know some of his songs off by heart and I think they are great. His music had much strength. By what I have heard he was always full of energy and his songs were his life.
** A brief history of Buddy's Short Life **
He was born September 7, 1936 in Lubbock in Texas and named Charles Hardin Holley. He was often called Buddy as a young child and it stuck with him. As a child he played the violin and the piano. He then decided to learn to play the guitar, as he preferred the sound and the music that went with it. His parents Laurence and Ella supported him 100%. By the time he was 13 he had joined together with his friend Bob Montgomery playing what they called ‘Western Bop’ as well as country, at local clubs.
Shortly after Decca Records spotted Buddy at a local rock show and signed him for a few singles. It was then decided he was too young and needed to work on his music before taking it any further. Holly formed his own band and called them the Crickets. They recorded That’ll Be the Day, which caught Decca’s attention. From that moment on their songs were released on the Brunswick label that belonged to Decca.
They became a huge success recording songs like “Oh Boy.” “Maybe Baby,” and “Peggy Sue.” Teenagers fell in love with them and their songs were playing all over the globe.
In March 1958 they toured Great Britain and the British went for them. They became more popular here than in America. During the same year Buddy met Maria Elena Santiago. Two weeks later they were married. After the honeymoon it was decided Buddy would go into the singing world alone after a disagreement with the rest of them and
parted with the Crickets.
In 1959 Holly toured with Ritchie Valens and J.P Richardson “The Big Bopper.” They toured in a bus that continued to break down causing chaos. One day, after arriving really late to a concert in Iowa, Holly decided to get on a small plane to get to his next destination sooner where he could find time to rest. The plane took off with Valens, Richardson and Holly on board and after eight miles crashed, killing everyone on board.
Maria was pregnant at the time of his death and miscarried after hearing the news.
During the 30 months of his career the world got to know, love him and his music lives on.
I recently went to London to watch the Buddy Holly Story musical. This showed some of most popular songs including the following,
That'll Be The Day
Johnny B Goode
Why do Fools Fall in Love
I will continue to listen to his music and for any Buddy fans out there I recommend you go and see this musical as it does Buddy proud. I think Buddy Holly was a rock and roll Kind and he could have teached singers of today a few things or two.
Long Live Buddy Holly!