I was raised with a deep appreciation for the late, great Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and their lasting places in music history. Above all, I was raised with a strong and abiding love for Buddy Holly. He is my father's favorite musician, and by the time I was in kindergarten, I could sing his entire discography from memory. I'm pretty sure I still can. Okay, I know I still can. His influence on popular culture cannot be overstated. His key role as a great pioneer of rock-and-roll is both lasting and profound.
This Saturday, my husband and I are going to see "Rave On: A Buddy Holly Tribute." It's an appropriate week to celebrate his life and legacy, and I'm looking forward to it.
Here's footage of Buddy Holly playing "Peggy Sue" in 1958:
And here's one of the best rock songs ever written -- a song covered by everyone from The Rolling Stones to The Grateful Dead to The Band, a song Rolling Stone ranked as one of the greatest of all time -- Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." I offer this complete with visual proof that Buddy Holly continues to move music fans (even at Pepper Jack Cafe in gorgeous Hamilton, Ontario):
"I'm not trying to stump anybody... it's the beauty of the language that I'm interested in."
- Buddy Holly