Friends, today I imagined an alternate universe where Roger Peterson did receive that final weather report, Jerry Dwyer canceled the flight, and the Three Stars and Peterson lived. I picture the year 1981 in this parallel world: I can see Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., 51 years old, the owner of every radio station in a … Continue reading In our infinite multiverse, the Three Stars live …
Kerns: Late Lubbock legend Buddy Holly's flying lessons logbook found, to be auctioned with plane Buddy Holly Center has no room to showcase plane in which Holly took lessons Posted: September 17, 2016 - 7:14pm | Updated: September 17, 2016 - 11:44pm Back | Next PROVIDED BY LARRY HOLLEY When Larry Holley was exploring … Continue reading Buddy Holly and learning to fly
Buddy Holly's short life is itself a "memento mori," a reminder that we all must die. From the book Why Buddy Matters by Sean Hoade.
By Richard Hawley The Independent, 23 January, 2009 I can’t remember being alive without hearing Buddy Holly. For me, it’s not music, it’s oxygen. My dad in Sheffield had all Holly’s albums and I used to listen to them as a kid. “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” was one of the first songs I … Continue reading Buddy was way ahead of the pack
This is a delightful article, full of numerical tidbits about The Man Himself, from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, on September 6, 2014. Happy 78th birthday, Buddy! A by-the-numbers tribute A few facts about the rock 'n' roll legend born in Lubbock This weekend marks both Buddy Holly’s 78th birthday and the Buddy Holly Center’s 15th anniversary. … Continue reading Buddy Holly, by the numbers
... and we rave on for you more than ever, Buddy. RIP.
It was an error in scheduling, possibly, but the six days that Buddy Holly & The Crickets appeared at the historic African-American Apollo Theatre that Rock ’n’ Roll could not be confined to one race, gender, performer, or audience. (The revelation had to wait through an awkward show or two before a reluctant 100% black … Continue reading August 16–22, 1957: Buddy Holly & The Crickets at The Apollo Theatre
[I hope everyone who visits Why Buddy Matters enjoys both my original posts as well as the fascinating articles I find and share. But I realized that some people might not know “the Buddy Holly story” other than from that execrable 1978 movie. From Linsdey Coye’s excellent Beatles blog, this is a snappy and informative introduction to our Man from Lubbock. I … Continue reading Who was Buddy Holly? An introduction
Twelve of Holly’s Top 10 hits were recorded at Norman Petty’s studio, including classics like “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “Every Day,” “Maybe Baby,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh, Boy!” and “True Love Ways.”
Black Friday is a great excuse to shop for Buddy Holly items for yourself, your family, your friends—anyone who loves his life and music.