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Why Buddy Holly will never fade away

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2009

ON A BASIS OF simply counting heads, rock music surpasses even film as the 20th century's most influential art form. By that reckoning, there is ...

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Buddy Holly Scores Fourth 'Bo' Hit!

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 14 June 1963

ONCE AGAIN, 'Bo Diddley' is a hit — the fourth time it has been in the pop music charts, this time steered there by the ...

20 Revolutionary Singles, as requested

Letter by Geoffrey Cannon, unpublished, 28 October 1968


Buddy Holly and Buddy Knox: Texas Buddies

Discography by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

LIKE THE rest of society, pop music isn't fair. The most successful singers earn more than they know what to do with, and the majority ...

11 Years After, Buddy Holly Still Vital to Rock Music

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 3 February 1970

THE TRAGEDY OF all tragedies in the rock world took place 11 years ego, Feb. 3, 1959. A plane, carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper ...

Buddy Holly: A Rock & Roll Collection

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1972

I DON'T LIKE to be made a fool of. Last January the folks at Decca told me of their plans for an elaborate Buddy Holly ...

Buddy Holly: Legend

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

IF YOU WANTED to be crass you could say that the main features that made Buddy Holly a legend were that, first, he was the ...

Never Mind The Lubbocks, Here’s Buddy Holly & The Crickets : 20 Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1975

THE ROCK and roll of the ‘50s produced three incomparable all-rounders equally adept and influential as signers, composers and guitarists. ...

R.I.P. Giants – The Dead Certs

Overview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 25 January 1975

How dying can be a good career move. ...

Buddy Holly: The Legend Lives On

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 11 September 1975

"DEAR BUDDY, I have several records of yours and my favourite is 'Oh Boy'. Please send me a picture with your autograph." With the constant ...

Buddy Holly: The Rocker Next Door with the Mail-Order Axe

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

IN A frame of reference where you might think of Elvis Presley as an idol and Little Richard as a hero, Buddy Holly has to ...

Norman Petty: How We Cut the Golden Hits

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 11 September 1976

"I THINK," said Norman Petty, carefully selecting his words, "that if Buddy Holly was alive today, he would be on an equal basis with Elvis ...

The Sons of Buddy Holly

Essay by Joe Nick Patoski, Texas Monthly, November 1978

Lubbock was the birthplace of rock'n'roll. And Texas rock'n'roll hasn't left home. ...

Buddy Holly: The Complete Buddy Holly

Review by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, 29 December 1979

NO PROBLEM here. Charly’s compendium of Ronnie Hawkins Toronto out-takes isn’t released until next month (I checked) and, however might the music, their oft-reissued Jerry ...

Maria Elena Holly

Interview by Philip Norman, Daily Express, 1996

MARIA ELENA Holly was robbed of her shy, brilliant young husband by an Iowa snowstorm almost 42 years ago. But she believes he has never ...

Various Artists: Stay All Night – Buddy Holly's Country Roots

Review by Joe Nick Patoski, West Texas Roots, July 2004

BUDDY HOLLY took the world by storm when he broke out of Lubbock, Texas in 1957. His singing and playing was the freshest version of ...

Buddy Holly: The Lost Boy

Retrospective by Greil Marcus, MOJO, October 2004

Buddy Holly was an ordinary Joe in the wild world of '50s rock'n'roll. But, says Greil Marcus, his magical songs and early, tragic death have ...

The Crickets: "We were the first ugly band!"

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, October 2004

Author's note: This is the piece originally submitted to MOJO as a sidebar to Greil Marcus' Buddy Holly feature "The Lost Boy". ...

Those Should've Been The Days: Had Buddy Holly Not Taken That One Last Ride, That Is…

Essay by Gary Pig Gold,, 3 February 2006

Gary Pig Gold channels The Cricket That Got AwayYESSIR, THAT LAST tour was sure a sumbitch, wasn't it? "Winter Dance Party" my lone starred ass! ...

Learning The Game: How John Lennon Learned to Stop Worrying and Love His Inner Geek

Essay by Tim Riley, Rock's Backpages, November 2006

LONG BEFORE "POST-MODERN" became pure jargon, Buddy Holly put quotes around his "normalcy" to disarm rock machismo. Holly, the "King of the Sixth Grade," hiccupped ...

Down the Line: Buddy Holly

Retrospective by Mark Kemp, Texas Music, January 2009

WHEN THE FIRST gentle notes ring from Buddy Holly's acoustic guitar on his cover of Mickey & Sylvia's 'Dearest', you could swear it was recorded ...

The Angel with the Devil's Music: Buddy Holly

Retrospective by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 30 January 2009

Fifty years ago, Buddy Holly's life was sadly cut short. Richard Williams salutes the clean-cut 22-year-old who came to Britain and showed a whole generation ...


Comment by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, 25 February 2009

THE BIRTH OF Motown isn't the only 50th anniversary pop music is noting this year: 2009 also marks the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death. ...

Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away – The Complete Studio Recordings And More

Review by David Quantick, Uncut, March 2010

IN A 50-YEAR recording career, Buddy Holly, who died last Christmas at the age of 74, influenced everyone from the Beatles to Bob Dylan, and ...

Behind The Song: 'Not Fade Away'

Essay by Steven R Rosen, American Songwriter, 16 March 2011

AT THIS YEAR'S Grammys, 67-year-old Mick Jagger was out from the get-go to tell the audience how it was gonna be. He wasn't ceding anything ...

The Day the Music Died? Feb. 3, 1959 – Feb. 7, 1964

Comment by Mitchell Cohen, Rock's Backpages, 4 February 2013

THE WHOLE "Day The Music Died" mythology is a crackpot idea of rock history. Buddy Holly died for somebody's sins, but not to become a ...

see also Crickets, The

see also Sonny Curtis


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