Buddy Holly - A legend who died way to young!
Buddy Holly (which real name was Charles Hardin Holly) was, without a doubt, one of the most influentiel musicians of the 20. century. Besides creating super hits like "That will be the day", "True love ways" and "Peggy Sue", the more remarkable thing about Buddy, was the odds that were stacked against him.
Everyone around him wanted him to lose the glasses, but Buddy was insistent about always wearing them. They all told him that it was impossible to become a popstar and wear glasses, but he proved them wrong.
Buddy Holly was from the country music part of the land, so rock and pop music was a definite no-go! He actually had a country music band in the very beginning of his career, but he was bored to death about it... until he heard a record done by Roy Orbison, which then inspired him to change his style.
The very last piece of music he wrote was "True Love Ways" which was written to his wife, just after she told him she was pregnant with his child. He played it for her, and went on the tour, where the terrible accident demanded his life... there has been many discussions about exactly how far he would have gone, if he had not died so young, but right now lets instead celebrate the stories about his music instead.
Nearly everyone of his numbers has a special story behind it, like "Peggy Sue" which was originally titled "Cindy Lou", but the drummer in the band was madly in love with a girl called "Peggy Sue" and she had promised the drummer that he would get to third base with her, if he could get Buddy to write a song for her... so think about that when you hear "Peggy Sue" next time :)
Heres the memoir from the original Peggy Sue Gerron, where she describes a lot of where unknown stories about Buddy Holly, and of course her relationship with the drummer from "Buddy Holly and the Crickets".