Some rock n’ roll history: Buddy Holly and Richie Valens

They were before my time, but when I got into music later their work was inescapable. Holly in particular wrote great songs, and no doubt had many more of them left to write.

Buddy Holly was before my time as well, but with the number of spectacular covers of his tunes, by virtually every great musician of the 60’s and 70’s, it was not long before I became aware of him.

It is remarkable how such a short career produced so many great pieces of music. We’ll never know what we all missed as a result if his untimely death.

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Buddy Holly was an up and coming star in the making at the time Elvis went into the Army. There are those that say that Holly, not Elvis, would have become the king of rock & roll had he lived.


The first record I ever owned- Oh Boy by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

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Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa is worth a stop. Where Buddy Holly & the Big Bopper performed the night that music died.
All kinds of music items on the walls & cases.

Plus concerts are still held there–some big name acts in a small room.

the field where the plane crashed is not worth the search.

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Amazing that he was 22 when he died and had already released some amazing material.

Ritchie Valens was only 18!

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