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Tuesday, February 03, 2009


The music that will never die

Buddy HollyIt may look black and maroon, but that, my friends, is solid gold. Yes, that's a photo [click to enlarge] of my own copy of "The Buddy Holly Story," released shortly after the death 50 years ago today of Buddy Holly in one of history's most famous plane crashes. He may be dead, but his music is as much alive today as it was 50 years ago, as you'll hear if you click here to listen to him sing one of my favorites, "Rave On."

Also on that flight and tragically killed was the first great Chicano rock and roll artist, Ritchie Valens. Here's an old post in which you can hear him sing the politically relevant "Framed," written by two people who were as much a part of the birth and growth of rock and roll as Buddy Holly: Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.

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