Buddy Holly died 50 years ago today. Instead of pretending to know more than I actually do, I'll link to one of the more interesting articles that were published today, along with a couple of my favorite Buddy Holly songs. There is a scene in The Buddy Holly Story where a cricket disrupts a studio recording session, and though that isn't where the name Buddy Holly and The Cricketers actually originated, you can hear a cricket chirping at the end of "I'm Gonna Love You Too." And did you know Bob Dylan saw Buddy Holly in concert two nights before his death, and that Paul McCartney owns the publishing rights to Holly's song catalogue?
"To call someone who died at 22 "the father of rock" is not as fanciful as it seems. As a songwriter, performer and musician, Holly is the progenitor of virtually every world-class talent to emerge in the Sixties and Seventies. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Bruce Springsteen all freely admit they began to play only after Buddy taught them how."