Buddy Holly- A Rock and Roll Legend

Buddy Holly

Fifty years ago, the world lost a pioneer, someone who was to influence the music that followed him.


On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly got on board a plane. He had just finished at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa and was on his Fargo, North Dakota.


It was not long after the plane took off that it crashed killing Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) and pilot Roger Peterson.


While the music did not die that day it did suffer. Even though Holly was only around for a short while his contributions to Rock & Roll live on.


He was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7th, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. He learned to play guitar, piano and fiddle at an early age. A name change to Buddy Holly and a shift away from country to rockabilly followed.


I was only 12 when Holly died in that plane crash and had just begun to listen to rock & roll. One of my friends had an older brother. He was 16 and my friend and I would try and hang around when the older brother and his buddies played their records. We’d soon get chased away, especially if the parents were out and girls came over, but I can still hear Holly singing Peggy Sue and That Will be the Day.


A year, maybe two, passed before I had a record player of my own and a few bucks to spend on 45s. My parents’ basement became a dance hall on Saturday afternoons as Mom and dad put up with the songs wailing from the basement.


Elvis was king but one day one of the basement regulars brought over two Buddy Holly 45s. Peggy Sue and Every day were on one and on the other was It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and raining in My Heart.


Buddy had returned to my life. We played them over and over, perhaps influenced by the fact that Christine and Diane couldn’t get enough, of Buddy, that is. It was a marvelous afternoon.


I was listening to Peggy Sue today and the magic is still there. Thank you Buddy, for the many memories and the great music, that just may have helped changed a generation.

Raining in my Heart

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Thanks Bob!


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Hey, Bob! I heard a commentary on Holly this morning and it made me so sad. Nice to read more...


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Ya got me at true love ways. I think buddy Holly was not only a great talent, but a young man who gave and got a lot of respect in his life and music.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you all for stopping by, Buddy's music will live on .


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I came to visit Buddy Holly from the Bob Marley hub. I do remember the song Peggy Sue but not "True Love Always" or "Raining in my Heart" which I am listening to right now and found both songs very beautiful and relaxing to listen to. Another great hub! Thank you again!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome, enjoy the music and thanks for stopping by.


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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

Super nice job for Buddy. Was wondering about the town Arthur Rette up that way as my name is Arthur George Rettell jr. Funny i drive long haul and was looking up company in Lincoln NE. AND HIT Lincoln NB. and scanned on map and realize leaf on interstate sign and seen the town by Arthur rettell and bridge. "a' maybe back a ways in time as England or Europe some were?


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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

Super nice job for Buddy. Are you active as comments are old? Arthur Rette NB. ?


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Bob Ewing 4 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I am here now and then, thanks.


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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

10/4 yea'4


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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

Kool,cool pages ! How is the weather?


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Bob Ewing 4 years ago from New Brunswick Author

windy, sunny, cool, great

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