Today is the birthday of Buddy Holly, who died young but remains one of the greatest legends of rock ‘n’ roll.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, on September 7, 1936, he started recording in 1956 and had his first hit in 1957 with That’ll Be the Day. Two years later, it was all over. He died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, with two other stars, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, when their small, chartered aircraft flew into a storm in Iowa during a concert tour.
But in his shortlived career, “he wrote more memorable licks — and more hummable hits – than most rockers get in their entire lives”, said the Rolling Stone magazine. That’ll Be the Day is 39th in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [Read more…]