Buddy Holly still a rock icon 50 years after death

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It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock and roll.

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Todd Schuster

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Feb 2, 2009
 
yeah, hard to believe tomorrow it will be 50 years that we lost the first rock and roll musicians to lose their lives tragically. Of course later on Jim Croce, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Denver and others would follow but when you look at the short careers of Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin) The Big Bopper (aka Jiles P Richardson) & Ritchie Valens (nee Ritchie Valenzuela) the music world lost fine musicians & people whose music will always live on. Whether you heard That'll Be the DAy, Chantilly Lace, Donna or La Bamba, you know they'll always be there in our hearts. Don McLean said it best in that 1972 epic American Pie:The day the Music Died. But Rock N Roll is here to stay as the late Danny Rapp from Danny & the Juniors once sang. Rock On & rest in peace Buddy, JP & Ritchie
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Holly's impact on Rock n Roll and out culture is immeasurable.

The very name "Crickets" were the inspiration for a band called "Beatles."

He invented the format of a simple quitar, base and drum Rock n Roll band that has been the model for bands to this very day.

His honest, heartfelt and catchy songs are re-made and replayed today.

Though Elvis would be known for being King of Rock n Roll, Holly - who wrote his own music - was the engine that gave us on of our national sounds.

He was a founding father...plain and simple.
michael hayworth

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Here's the deal: rock and roll will never die as convuluted the black man decides it should be. Embrace it.
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Feb 2, 2009
 
Todd Schuster wrote:
yeah, hard to believe tomorrow it will be 50 years that we lost the first rock and roll musicians to lose their lives tragically. Of course later on Jim Croce, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Denver and others would follow but when you look at the short careers of Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin) The Big Bopper (aka Jiles P Richardson) & Ritchie Valens (nee Ritchie Valenzuela) the music world lost fine musicians & people whose music will always live on. Whether you heard That'll Be the DAy, Chantilly Lace, Donna or La Bamba, you know they'll always be there in our hearts. Don McLean said it best in that 1972 epic American Pie:The day the Music Died. But Rock N Roll is here to stay as the late Danny Rapp from Danny & the Juniors once sang. Rock On & rest in peace Buddy, JP & Ritchie
Yeah, but we still have Springsteen(haha)...oh, never mind, you are right!
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Feb 2, 2009
 
Ironically Buddy was on a "comeback" during this time. Minus the Crickets his solo efforts were not selling. He was using up considerable studio time and was pushed to go the Winter Dance Tour to promote his songs. Remember, for all he accomplished it wasn't like he was a 10 year vet in the biz and could say no. It was more like 2 years. The manager of the tour should have had his head examined putting them out there in the worst conditions imaginable. As for the future of Valens, he was only 17 and a teen idol who was a bigger star at the time. Buddy was not THE main headliner on the tour believe it or not. The Big Bopper was a DJ who struck gold a la Rick Dees w/Disco Duck("Hello Baaaaaaby!"). It's hard to say about the longterm plans of each but Holly certainly would have leaned towards producing and becoming an empressario in the business.
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Feb 2, 2009
 
Wish they would of had him at Super Bowl halftime instead of mush-mouth Springsteen.
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Joe wrote:
The difference between Buddy Holly and Kanye West is:
1. Buddy Holly was talented.
2. Buddy Holly could play an instrument.
3. Buddy Holly could read music.
4. Buddy Holly could sing.
5. Buddy Holly did not hate white people.
6. Buddy Holly did not need a fat sow like Oprah to make his career.
7. Buddy Holly never grabbed his private parts in public.
8. Buddy Holly wore glasses because he needed them... not because they made him look "smart".
9. Buddy Holly never said "gnome sane?"
10. Buddy Holly never pimped for political hustlers.
Speaking of which
Obama hates White people
no FEMA help for thousands suffering without heat or electricity in Kentucky
not a word about from this Liberal rag
Billy Penn

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Feb 3, 2009
 
Todd Schuster wrote:
yeah, hard to believe tomorrow it will be 50 years that we lost the first rock and roll musicians to lose their lives tragically. Of course later on Jim Croce, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Denver and others would follow but when you look at the short careers of Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin) The Big Bopper (aka Jiles P Richardson) & Ritchie Valens (nee Ritchie Valenzuela) the music world lost fine musicians & people whose music will always live on. Whether you heard That'll Be the DAy, Chantilly Lace, Donna or La Bamba, you know they'll always be there in our hearts. Don McLean said it best in that 1972 epic American Pie:The day the Music Died. But Rock N Roll is here to stay as the late Danny Rapp from Danny & the Juniors once sang. Rock On & rest in peace Buddy, JP & Ritchie
Well said, Todd. And I'm a musician and when we do 'Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay' to me it's as much of a statement to Buddy Holly as 'American Pie' but both are significant to American music for sure.
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Feb 3, 2009
 
Yes, he was probably very talented, sang well, and wrote some songs. I don't know.
But honestly, can anybody under 35 name one of his songs?
the Pharoah

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Feb 3, 2009
 
unfortunately , Holley + Richardson + Valens did NOT "die instantly" ... They were thrown from the Plane and died in the Snow from Hypothermia (Source of Info = Coroner's Report + Original Police Report)
the Pharoah

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Word wrote:
Yes, he was probably very talented, sang well, and wrote some songs. I don't know.
But honestly, can anybody under 35 name one of his songs?
can ANYONE , of ANY Age(Other than a "DieHard" Fan) name Three of Bruce Springsteen's Songs? and HIS Time was a lot more recent.
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the Pharoah wrote:
<quoted text>can ANYONE , of ANY Age(Other than a "DieHard" Fan) name Three of Bruce Springsteen's Songs? and HIS Time was a lot more recent.
Yes, and they all suck.

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the Pharoah wrote:
<quoted text>can ANYONE , of ANY Age(Other than a "DieHard" Fan) name Three of Bruce Springsteen's Songs? and HIS Time was a lot more recent.
Not a diehard fan, but here goes:

Born To Run
Hungry Heart
Blinded by the Light

There goes that theory.
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Not a diehard fan, but here goes:
Born To Run
Hungry Heart
Blinded by the Light
There goes that theory.
Oh cmon now, fess up, you're a diehard. Says so right on the battery in your car.....
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Word wrote:
Yes, he was probably very talented, sang well, and wrote some songs. I don't know.
But honestly, can anybody under 35 name one of his songs?
listen to "Rave On", "Not Fade Away" & a whole lot more & then decide. Those songs are juiced today. This was a musical genius!

Long Live Buddy Holly in our hearts!

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Oh cmon now, fess up, you're a diehard. Says so right on the battery in your car.....
Nope, I have no Springsteen CD's or vinyl.

Don't care for Def Lepard, AC/DC or the Scorpions either, but they're rock legends.

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Buddy was something else, alright. It'd be cool if he we around today; cool to see what he would have done all these years.

Here's 'Fade Away' and also a short clip of Elvis, Buddy, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash appearing backstage in Lubbock, TX.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
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Buddy Holly turned out a beautiful guitar piece called "Words of Love"
it was later mastered by the Beatles in an excellent piece of guitar Harmony. If only Buddy, Bopper and Richie took the bus we would have a world of more beautiful music than that of today. They don't make music today like the music of the 50's long live the Do Wops! Even Billy Joel put out a tribute to the Do Wops in his past albums.

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Buddy was a dork. His music was elementary and childish. the only reason that we still speak of him today is because he died young. That's it. Had he lived a full life no one would care. Mason City hangs onto anything it can to put it on the map.
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All 3 were vastly overrated.

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