The Day the Music Died

Buddyholly It was on this day in 1959 that Buddy Holly, along with the Big Bopper (Jiles P Richardson) and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash after a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. I am always surprised that he is not more of an icon to the indie music set as he was one of the first performers that not only wrote his own music but produced it as well. He was meticulous in ensuring that the sounds that he heard in his head were properly captured to tape and his live shows were legendary. In his too brief career he managed to show the world what his vision of rock and roll was and we are all the richer for it. I have an old issue of Q Magazine in my library that I keep which has some interesting articles about the history of rock and roll but whenever I flip though it I keep forgetting that there is an article about Buddy and his last concert as part of the “Winter Dance Party” package tour of the Midwest. It is a chilling read, especially with the accompanying photos and every time I read that article it always makes me stop and reflect on what could have been. Buddy Holly’s music to me was never an acquired taste, it always just felt right. To call him a pioneer is an understatement. Buddy Holly proved to the world and especially the music establishment that you could write and produce your own music and follow your vision no matter what people might think. He was true to himself and his music will live on as a timeless testament to the power of rock and roll. Because of the power of his music, Buddy Holly will “Not Fade Away.” All Music has a good biography of Buddy Holly for those of you not overly familiar with the man and his impact on rock and roll.
Rave on.