Why Buddy Holly is still as cool as ever
By Jake Guastella
Its over 50 years since Buddy Holly changed the landscape of popular music, yet the Peggy Sue singer is as revered today as he was when he first burst onto the scene in 1957.
Want our top five reasons why the bespectacled kid from Texas is as cool as ever? Well alright!
Buddy Holly and the Crickets UK tour programme
1. He inspired rock and rolls finest
The Beatles were so enamoured by Buddy Holly and the way he wrote (or co-wrote) his own songs, that they decided to name their own band after an insect in tribute to Hollys band The Crickets. The Beatles also covered Hollys Thatll be the Day during their first ever studio recording session!
Heres what a host of other iconic musicians have said about Buddy Holly:
Bob Dylan: He was a poet - way ahead of his time.
Bruce Springsteen: I play Buddy Holly every night before going onstage. It keeps me honest.
Mick Jagger: You could learn from Buddy Holly how to write songs, the way he put them together. He was a beautiful writer.
Eric Clapton: Of all the music heroes of the time, Buddy Holly was the most accessible, and he was the real thing. He was one of us.
2. Hes just as popular with bands today
Labelled the founding father of rock and roll, Buddy Holly had no idea how long the genre that he helped create would last, as revealed in a 1957 interview with Canadian disc jockey Red Robinson.
Robinson: What do you think about rock 'n' roll music? How long do you think it
will last: another six months, seven months?
rock and roll is still going strong, and the current crop of revellers continue
to adore Buddy Hollys music, as was shown in 09 when the likes of The Black
Keys, Florence & the Machines and Julian Casablancas recorded the Buddy Holly cover album Rave On.
Over half a century after Buddy Hollys last performance, the songs he wrote came in at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in America!
The Black Keys
3. He made it ok to wear glasses. I was Buddy Holly John Lennon
Buddy Holly paved the way for a whole host of rock stars to wear those specs with pride, including Roy Orbison, John Lennon, Elton John and Elvis Costello.
Little known fact: Hollys optician J Davis Armistead was instrumental in the selection of the frames that would become iconic: Those heavy black frames achieved exactly what we wanted - they became a distinct part of him. Had Buddy lived, I do not think he would have worn contacts or had surgery. Those glasses in that heavy dark frame added to his personality and his act.
4. The music still sounds vital
Hollys incredible cannon of tracks, including Oh Boy, Thatll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Maybe Baby and Peggy Sue, recorded in just three years, still sound as fresh and energised as if they were recorded yesterday.
Lee Ormsby (Big Bopper), Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly) and Miguel Angel (Ritchie Valens) in Buddy.
5. Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is the most successful rock and roll musical ever
life and music of Buddy Holly lives on in this sensational West End show.
Proving Buddy Hollys enduring appeal, this hugely-popular production has
thrilled over 22 million people worldwide.
The cast of Buddy
The audience go absolutely crazy. Its the show youll never
'Fail-safe family entertainment'
'This show is an absolute must. If you
havent seen the brilliant Buddy yet, buy your ticket now!'