Today was amazing! I stood in the bedroom where the songs “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” were written! All over the world people have tapped their toes to those two songs, and they were written in Lubbock, Texas, in Drummer Jerry (JI) Allison’s house and made famous by Buddy Holly. I had no idea that all occurred in Lubbock!
When I was looking at things I wanted to see in Lubbock, the Buddy Holly Center quickly rose to the top of my list. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Previously, all I knew was that Buddy Holly died tragically in a plane crash when he was very young. Today I learned that Buddy Holly had an enormous impact on music around the world. Buddy was a key rock and roll innovator. He was the first to set up the structure of a rock and roll band (2 guitars, bass, and drums), changed the way many chords were used in songs, and he wanted to have artistic control of his songs. There was a recorded interview with Paul McCartney at the Buddy Holly Center and Paul McCartney credits Buddy Holly’s trip to England as setting the stage for the Beatles getting started. Paul McCartney said the first 40 Beatles songs were strongly influenced by Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly also influenced the songs by the Rolling Stones. In fact, the Rolling Stones first hit (“Not Fade Away”) was actually written by Buddy Holly. Elton John wore unnecessary glasses to be more like Buddy Holly because Buddy was famous with his black horn-rimmed glasses. Buddy’s glasses were found after the plane crash and are on display in the Center.
Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock in 1936 during the Great Depression and he came from a musical family. However, what really got his creative juices flowing was seeing Elvis Presley play in Lubbock in 1955. After that, Buddy and his fellow musicians went full force to unleash their creativity. “That’ll Be the Day” was released in 1957. His career only lasted for around 18 months, but he had 25 hit records in that short time period. He died in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper (JP Richardson who is famous for “Chantilly Lace”), and the pilot were all killed in the crash.