HALF AN HOUR WITH BUDDY HOLLY

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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