Thursday, September 07, 2006

Happy 70th birthday, Buddy Holly

It's odd, isn't it, that someone who died so long ago, way back in 1959, would only be celebrating his 70th birthday today had he lived?

The man is rightly a legend. His influence on the development of songwriting as an artform was huge -- arguably unparalleled.

Take the time to think of your favourite Buddy Holly track today. Hell, put on one of his records. My favourite is probably "That Makes It Tough". Here are the lyrics:

Memories will follow me forever
Though I know my dreams cannot come true.
All those precious things we shared together.
Time goes by, I’ll still remember you.

And that makes it tough, oh so tough,
When you tell me you don’t love me.
That makes it tough, oh so tough,
When you say you don’t care for me no more.

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Blogger Tanya said...

Sad day. He truly was a legend. When these types of anniversaries swing around, I always wonder what they would have been like now.

07 September, 2006 10:36  
Blogger Red said...

You should stop hoovering and listen to some Buddy H instead, dude... (But thank you for hoovering.)

07 September, 2006 12:12  
Blogger Adam said...

3-Disc!? Do Tell!

Unfortunately this is just a standard one-disc, in a regular ol' keep case.

07 September, 2006 13:54  
Blogger _z. said...

I never really gave buddy holly much attention. his music passed like any other in my repertoire.
I'll take the time today and will listen closely to a couple of his songs.
the lyrics to the song you posted are very nice and powerful.

07 September, 2006 16:38  
Anonymous Ranting Dullard said...

My first music hero

An absolute star

Without Buddy where would music be?

07 September, 2006 21:42  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i wish i knew more buddy holly songs. i need to make some changes... start listening a little more

my sister loves him... you've inspired me... thanks :)

07 September, 2006 22:18  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Buddy Holly had a knack for melody - kind of like Hank Williams that way - all his melodies are perfect. If I try to think of somebody today who has that same knack, I'm not sure who I'd come up with.....maybe Nick Lowe?

07 September, 2006 22:41  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: A legend, indeed. Who knows what might have happened...

Red: I found time to do both!

_z.: Welcome back. Hope you had a great break, and that you found some time to check out Buddy Holly.

RD: Probably my second music hero, after Elvis; but arguably the most important. Music wouldn't be the same without him, I think.

Martha: And you call yourself a Texan?! Shame on you.

Mr A: He sure could pick out a tune, huh? I don't know Hank as well as I'd like, and I often promise to change that. You know, I've heard it said that Weezer are the Buddy Holly of today (saw that on a Buddy Holly fan forum). And they did do that song named after him, so...

08 September, 2006 10:08  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Yes Buddy Holly. The influences are legend. The Beatles said they saw him on tv with The Crickets and immediately they thought, hey they can make that sound with so few guys, we can make a full sound too then. the fab four did not realize the Crickets were lipsyncing(with several layers of instruments in tracks recorded)...but ignorance is bliss and whether you like the Beatles or not...their full sound coming from four guys was revolutary and changed the construction of bands since.

Two songs are covered by seminal bands(again whether they are your taste or not) The rolling Stones and The Greatful Dead both covered Love Is Not Fade Away. I've read several musicology essays that say this might be the most important rock song ever. Not that academics have the last say...but I think in this case, they were on to something.

09 September, 2006 00:20  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: It's a common misconception, I think, that in the old days bands never lipsynched on TV. For sure The Crickets did on occasion, although they also performed live on shows such as Ed Sullivan's. Interestingly, one time they played live, a technical error meant that one of the guitars was not audible, so their sound was actually thinner than it should have been, though still dynamic. I've not heard that particular Beatles story, so thanks for sharing.

Of course, Buddy Holly was an early proponent of multitracking, first using it on his song "Words of Love", which The Beatles later covered.

"Not Fade Away" is a great record. I'm very familiar with Stones version, though I know no Grateful Dead music at all. It was also slaughtered really badly on American Idol one time...

09 September, 2006 07:28  

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