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
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.
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.