Today is the birthday of Buddy Holly who was born in Lubbock, Texas, on September 7, 1936. He had his first hit, That’ll Be the Day, in 1957. He died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.
Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed with him. They were on a concert tour when their small chartered plane crashed in Iowa. The pilot died with them.
Waylon Jennings was a member of the band performing with Buddy Holly, but only the singers were aboard the small plane. The band was travelling by road. So Jennings lived on to make a name for himself as a singer and songwriter. He died in 2002.
Buddy Holly had such a short career, yet he remains a legend. I love his sweet, simple music. It sounds so innocent.
Here, listen to him on Spotify. Let’s start with my favourite, Rave On, followed by the irrepressible Oh Boy. And then we move on to Not Fade Away, That’ll Be the Day, Maybe Baby, It’s So Easy, the famous Peggy Sue and Peggy Sue Got Married.