The Buddy Holly Tribute Post
My Buddy Holly t-shirt arrived from Raucous Records the other day. Buddy Holly is my current musical obsession and is great to listen to when you are washing up/dancing around the living room with a kitten/singing along to songs on the bus/generally existing. Who is this long-dead rock and roll star, and why don’t you love him as much as I do? Here is a guide to learning about about Buddy Holly and raving on.
Buddy Holly’s real name was Charles Hardin Holley. When Buddy received his first recording contract in 1956, they mistakenly spelled his last name as “Holly”. He kept it that way for the rest of his career.
At age five, Buddy appeared with his brothers in a talent show in the neighbouring town of County Line. They won five dollars singing “Down the River of Memories.”
Buddy Holly’s favourite foods were thick steaks, fried okra, pizza, and peanut butter sandwiches.
Buddy Holly was a singer/songwriter before that concept really even existed as writing your own music was not the norm for previous popular entertainers.
“Peggy Sue” was an actual person and the song was named after her. Peggy Sue Gerron attended the same high school and was the girlfriend of Buddy Holly’s drummer.
Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash along with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper in 1959. He was twenty-two years old.
In 1980, Holly’s famous horn-rimmed glasses were discovered in a police file in Iowa, where they had been since his death.
The Beatles chose their name partly as a takeoff on Buddy Holly’s backup band, The Crickets. Paul McCartney owns the publishing rights to Buddy Holly’s songs.
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