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Subject: Re: Buddy Holly's place in history

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Date Posted: Wed November 11, 2015 06:47:53
In reply to: Dave H 's message, "Buddy Holly's place in history" on Mon November 09, 2015 16:15:36

Dave has a valid perspective, particularly considering he was around when Buddy was still alive. It is certainly a British perspective - I and other Americans don't relate to the term "Bobby," although I'm sure what Dave means is that Buddy was starting to move into "pop music," which is certainly true. That was happening during the last year of Buddy's life, so it's not for sure that he was moving away from "rock and roll" - he was dead before that could have happened, and he was playing his rockin' hits on his last tour. He could have just as easily moved more into country music - Waylon Jennings was his new bass player, after all!

The history of "rock and roll," which grew up into "rock" with the help of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones most notably, is pretty simple to trace: It was born in the 50s, grew up in the 60s, got really wild and commercialized in the 70s, and faded out in the 80s. Radio stations that played "classic rock" in the 80s play the same songs today - it is noteworthy that all popular Led Zeppelin songs, for instance, are 40+ years old now.

Opinions and facts seldom coincide, and given that his time in the spotlight was less than 2 years, speculation and opinion tend to obscure the facts about Buddy Holly. Here are a couple of facts:

Buddy Holly and the Crickets were a self-contained band - common today, but rare in the 50s.

Buddy wrote and produced most of his own material. No disrespect to Norman Petty, rather, praise: Norman encouraged Buddy's creativity and acted more as a sound engineer and manager.

Buddy was - and probably still is - more popular in England than in America.

And so on and so forth - listen to the songs and/or read a book for more info!

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Re: Buddy Holly's place in historyHK (Be wild, not evil)Wed November 11, 2015 08:07:02

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