by Robert Wilkinson
It's been nagging at my heart all day long that someone special was having a birthday. Today would have been the 73rd birthday of one of the pioneers of modern music, the incomparable Buddy Holly.
Last year I found some amazing pieces to view and listen to. This year I'll pass you through to them, if you want some great videos and audio tracks of one of the greatest musicians to ever pluck the heart strings of our world. His story way too short and tragic, his body of music incredible in its scope, depth, and vision, and his death is THE legend that seemed to have kicked off a lot of rock and rollers dying by plane crashes.
From last year's celebration:
It is impossible to state the effect Buddy had on pop music. He was the first major pop star to compose AND perform his own music, and was hugely prolific in his songwriting. He was a creative genius who with Norman Petty produced and arranged his own music, almost unheard of in those days. He expanded the scope and depth of rock's musical parameters in his compositions. The man who made the Stratocaster THE guitar to play if you were a rock and roller, it is part of pop history that when he went down in a plane crash at 22, it was "the day the music died."
.... Though he was only here for a short time, his tunes are still considered among the finest every written.... A brief list: "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "Not Fade Away," "It's So Easy," "Well Alright," "Words of Love," "Every Day," "Rave On," "True Love Ways," "Learning the Game," "Lookin' for Someone to Love," "You Know Love's Made A Fool of You," "That'll Be the Day," and many, many more. His songs have been done by dozens of the top artists in music history, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Blind Faith, and many others.
My heartfelt invitation to revisit an era that is no more, but was innocent, hopeful, passionate, and very tender. For a trip to another world, please enjoy dozens of videos, audios, and interviews at Happy Birthday to Buddy Holly.
He was there at the beginning, and died way too young. Thanks for the tunes, Buddy. Over 50 years later, you're still one of the best of all time.
Copyright © 2009 Robert Wilkinson