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
... and we rave on for you more than ever, Buddy. RIP.
[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
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.
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”
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
Earlier this year, I finally got the chance to visit Lubbock, Texas, Buddy Holly’s birthplace as well as his home for most of his short, brilliant life. In the depot district, with various cool little pubs and other shops to enchant Texas Tech students, a main sidewalk is made of bricks with the titles of Buddy’s biggest songs. And there are lots of other heartfelt tributes in town, too, if you know where to look.
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