Buddy Holly's success only lasted a short 18 months due to his death in a plane crash ("The day the music died" in Don McLean's American Pie) but his influence lived large.
Listen to the sound of the Beatles and you can hear him loud and strong; their early music was essentially a mix of Buddy, Elvis, the Everly Brothers and British skiffle. THe Beatles actually chose their own name in response to Buddy;s band (the Crickets) and McCarteny now owns the publishing rights to his music.
A young Bob Dylan also saw Buddy live in 1959,
"And I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him...and he LOOKED at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was — I don't know how or why — but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way (about Modern Times) ."
Rex Records have announced that they will release a beautifully remastered Buddy Holly & the Crickets - Not Fade Away (2 CD),featuring single and album tracks from the Decca, Brunswick and Coral labels
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Image: Decca Records