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Bye-Bye, Miss American Pie

Do you believe in rock 'n' roll,
Can music save your mortal soul?

                -- Don McLean, "American Pie"

I just realized that today is the 51st anniversary of The Day the Music Died:  On February 3, 1959 a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) crashed in Iowa.

John W. Whitehead wrote a great article for The Huffington Post on the legacy Buddy Holly left behind...it's a must read for music fans: The Day the Music Died.

An interesting excerpt about Holly's strong influence on John Lennon and Paul McCartney:

"Lennon and McCartney formed the Beatles (originally the "Beetles" in honor of the Crickets) and wrote and performed their own songs, as had their hero, Buddy Holly. In fact, the first recording the Beatles made, at their own expense, was Holly's "That'll Be the Day.""

Coincidentally, I just posted a link to an article about the sudden popularity of Buddy Holly-esque glasses on Monday, and here's what Whitehead says about that particular trademark look of Holly's:

"Holly was the first rocker to break through based on ability, energy and personality. Whereas Elvis attracted a mostly female audience, Holly's fans were equally mixed between the sexes. Holly was homely and wore glasses. And Reginald Dwight (better known as Elton John) ruined his eyesight wearing black horn-rims in imitation of Holly."

Fifty-one years have passed, but the legend lives on.
Tags: buddy holly, music, the beatles

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