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Peggy Sue

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Now, no matter what you think of rock-and-roll, I think you have to keep a nice open mind about what the young people go for; otherwise the youngsters won't feel that you understand them.

Buddy Holly was one of the hottest rock-and-roll stars of the late 50s. He chartered a plane from Clear Lake, Iowa to Fargo, North Dakota, two stops on the Winter Dance Party tour. It took off around 1AM on February 3rd, 1959. That was 50 years ago today. The plane encountered a snowstorm shortly into the flight and crashed, killing the pilot, Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson AKA The Big Bopper. The date became known as The Day The Music Died. Link

I wish there was the same introduction and then Buddy beating sex pistols to death with his Rickenbacker. Those screeching talentless pricks are responsible for giving every other sneering, arrogant little prick the impression that that surly posturing and spitting at people have anything to do with music. Buddy Holly is 100 times the everything they weren't. And still aren't.
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Look at those dresses! 1958 and crinolines were still the style.
I had never heard a live clip of Buddy. Now I understand the feeling for his influence. You can hear the beginnings of California surf there.
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Excuse me while I go down memory lane! I was 9 years old when Buddy Holly died and I remember crying like a baby. My Dad was a Buddy Holly fan and we would play his first album over and over. He was definitely a rock and roller and yet he could sing a slow song like nobody else. Rest in peace and rave on Buddy. I, for one, still miss you after 50 years.
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What an influence this man and band had on many of todays greats. I grew up in his hometown and while many of the people didn't like him then many have come to love his music. My big sister went to Lubbock High with him. Said he was a nice quiet guy, in school...
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See all the nice young girls and boys behind him, just standing like statues, not groovin' at all, until it's time to applaud politely. Definitely a generation gap, right before our eyes!
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Wow, watching this clip it's just impossible to imagine how foreign and weird...even scary to everyone there this music was.

The woman giving the intro phrases it like you're about to hear something that is probably insanely horrible, but let's be nice and give it a chance. I can't imagine being that naive, but it's interesting to see.
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Occupation: Rock and Roll Specialist

One sad aspect about Buddy dying so early was that he still hadn't reached the peak of his abilities. He was still getting better and better. He was the real deal too. The music BUSINESS and hunger for fame have ruined so much. Guys like Buddy made music because they had no choice. It was in them and it needed to get out. It was inevitability. The success and adulation were nice rewards but not the prime motivaters back then. Now so much music seems to be sweet, sticky cotton candy. Fluffy and colorful but it ultimately doesn't satisfy in the long term.
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when i was a little girl in the 70s,i really, really REALLY thought that my dad was Buddy Holly. His high school picture looks so uncannily like him, and my pop is a music teacher who plays the guitar. I thought that my dad was Buddy Holly and that he had escaped the crash to marry my mom.

In retrospect, I might have been wrong.
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