Buddy was way ahead of the pack

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

Buddy Holly, by the numbers

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

August 16–22, 1957: Buddy Holly & The Crickets at The Apollo Theatre

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

Who was Buddy Holly? An introduction

[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

Buddy Holly’s spirit lives on in Clovis studio

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! Start shopping for the (Buddy) Holly-days!

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.

From 2009, 50 years after the crash: Oh, Boy—Why Buddy Holly still matters today

How is it that a bespectacled youth from Texas, who died aged 22 in a plane crash, is still revered 50 years on? Just listen to the outpouring of perfect rock’n’roll Buddy Holly produced in a career that lasted only 18 months.

From 1995, the headline is as tantalizing as ever: “The Real Buddy Holly”

By Robert Draper, as originally published in Texas Monthly magazine in October 1995. Today he's even more popular than when he died 36 years ago—and yet, he's still a stranger to his millions of fans. Who was the Lubbock rocker whose influence on pop music will not fade away? Inside Lubbock’s Pancake House on Q Street, … Continue reading From 1995, the headline is as tantalizing as ever: “The Real Buddy Holly”

David Frizzell leads a Who’s Who of country stars on new album of Buddy Holly songs

By Chuck Dauphin and originally published in Billboard magazine on September 22, 2014 David Frizzell, Helen Cornelius, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis and Merle Haggard. (photo by Randi Radcliff) David Frizzell has a lot of memories about the music of Buddy Holly. “When I was first starting out in the business working for Lefty opening his … Continue reading David Frizzell leads a Who’s Who of country stars on new album of Buddy Holly songs