The day the music died: A listen back at Buddy Holly

Tuesday, February 03, 2009



50 years ago today, the music world was rocked when a small plane went down in an Iowa snowstorm. On the plane were Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly, two up-and-coming performers and one bonafide groundbreaking rock-and-roller. On the anniversary of his death, The Takeaway takes a listen back at Buddy Holly's legacy and continuing influence on pop music.

Comments [1]

Kevin Frick

This story gave me chills . In 4th/5th grade (1979-80), I wathced "The Buddy Holly Story" many times. I knew every song on his greatest hits album and sang with a few girls in my class (the Ladybugs). In 7th grade, I wrote a report about "That'll Be the Day".

In the big picture, my parents were 11 the day the music died. Holly's music affected me before I was 11. I later took piano lessons and now play a little piano, guitar & mandolin, and eletric bass at church. As a kid, I dreamt of playing before a standing room only crowd. Two years ago, I played electric bass in a worship band before a standing room crowd in a basilica. Not what I'd imagined but great.

My oldest sons (12 & 9-around my parents' age 50 years ago and me when I was first influenced by Holly) are musical. My oldest plays 3 instruments and composes. My 9 year old is in a boychoir. They love classic rock, but I'm not sure I've introduced them to Holly. Time to share the importance of the day the music died.

Feb. 03 2009 08:38 AM

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