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Buddy Holly - Rave On


									Buddy Holly - Rave On
"The Day the Music Died" a verse from the song "American Pie"....This was
a song written by Don McLean as a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens
and "The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson, who all three died in the same
airplane crash on Feb. 3rd, 1959. I was 16 years old and remember it
I need to pause my story here for a second. I want to clarify a couple of
things. I was brought up in a small town in Oklahoma, the Bible belt.
There was a lot of pressure from local pastors and local merchants to
prohibit the playing of this so called - Devils Music - Rock and Roll, on
the radio stations. This was the era of AM radio. The only time we got to
hear any of this new music, was either we could save enough money to buy
the 45 record or late at night after the other stations closed down, we
could listen to a outlaw radio station from Del Rio, Texas, starring
Wolfman Jack. It was awesome. Normally, we were only allowed to stay up
that late on Friday and Saturday nites. Ok, back to my story.
Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas on Sept. 7th, 1936. Although his
success lasted only a year and a half before his, Buddy Holly is
described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative
force in early rock and roll. Buddy was quoted as saying that Elvis
inspired his career. In contrast, John Lennon and Paul McCartney cited
Buddy as a primary influence in their music and their bands name "The
Beatles" was chosen partly as homage to Buddy's band "The Crickets".
His songs were later copied by other musicians including, The Beatles and
The Rolling Stones. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Buddy as #13
on their list of the top 100 Greatest Artists of all time.
He sang at local clubs and high school talent shows throughout his youth.
He turned to professionally playing music after watching a live show with
Elvis singing in Lubbock in 1955. He was 19 years old and knew what he
wanted to do. He even got to appear on the same bill with Elvis a few
months later.
He recorded "That'll be the Day" in 1957 but it didn't really become a
big hit until around 1958, when we kids first heard it.
He toured Australia and Great Britain and then decided that New York City
with its many recording studios and publishers would be the place he
should be living and working.
His band, The Crickets, split from him and went home to Lubbock, while he
went on a solo tour with, Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens and J.P.
Richardson (The Big Bopper). The three had just finished a show in Clear
Lake, Iowa and chartered a plane to fly them to Fargo, North Dakota. Dion
didn't have the money, $36.00, or didn't want to spend the money so took
the bus instead. The plane crashed shortly after take off, killing
everyone on board. Feb. 3rd, 1959.
Oh Boy! - Everyday - Maybe Baby - That'll be the Day - Love's Made a Fool
of You - It's So Easy - Well...All Right - Peggy Sue - Rave On - Not Fade
What a loss of a wonderful talent. "The Day the Music Died".
Researched and written by Dr. Bill Callaway, PhD. Visit his website:

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