by Laurent Kelly
Yesterday marked the fifty second year since the tragic plane accident that killed recording artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper). The following is a half hour compilation dedicated to the man who helped to invent rock n roll and inspire countless artists with his innovative and genre-blending music. What he achieved in just three years as a musician is mind-boggling and he deserves to be treasured for many more years to come.
Paul McCartney: “At least the first forty Beatles songs we wrote were Buddy Holly influenced.”
Bruce Springsteen: “I play Buddy every night before going onstage. It keeps me honest.”
TRACK 1 – NOT FADE AWAY
A classic number famously copied by the Rolling Stones whose version I probably prefer in all honesty. Nonetheless for the late fifties this is an inventive and inspirational tune especially in regards to the guitar sound.
TRACK 2 – PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
Heartbroken lyrics mixed with an infectious, perfectly paced beat.
TRACK 3 – RAVE ON
Early signs of this punk in this addictive, head-bopping classic. Two minutes of pure, unadulterated joy.
TRACK 4 – DEAREST
Buddy’s vocals shine through in this tender, admirably child-like tune.
TRACK 5 – THAT’LL BE THE DAY
Buddy’s signature tune. Topped the charts in the states.
TRACK 6 – IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE
Upbeat vocals disguise harsh words of broken love creating a clever, ironic effect.
TRACK 7 – OH BOY
Pure, adrenalin pumping rock n roll. Probably Buddy’s most joyfully upbeat record.
TRACK 8 – BECAUSE I LOVE YOU
Simple but powerful sentiment about the joyful nature of love.
TRACK 9 – MOONDREAMS
Operatic, unusual and romantic ballad which is flawlessly sung. Manages to capture an old classic sound whilst still appearing fresh and vital.
TRACK 10 – I’M GONNA LOVE YOU TOO
Brimming with confidence, conviction and charm.
TRACK 11 – MAYBE BABY
Sung with admirable optimism, carried though by an excellent, unforgettable tune.
TRACK 12 – LEARNING THE GAME
My favourite Buddy record. The chronicles of heartbreak told in a mature and deceptively simple fashion.
TRACK 13 – TRUE LOVE WAYS
A stunning ballad proving that Buddy could pretty much convince in any genre of music and that he was a darn good vocalist to boot.