Oh Boy !
It's not exactly clear how I stumbled upon this guy. I've known his name as long as I've been aware of music. Some of his 'Greatest Hits' are inavoidably recognizable - more than a few have been adopted as marketing regulars, only the words changed... to better convince you that this is the product for you.
Now I know why.
Now. I am just beginning to understand the fuss.
Any time there's some article or television special on the 'History of Rock 'n Roll' - Buddy Holly is somehow involved. As he damn well should be.
I admit, I haven't listened to every song he's ever sung. My sample is fairly small and I'm not well informed on his history. But I gotta say... from the shit I've sampled? Buddy Holly is the real deal. It actually gets my proverbial goat that I haven't been listening to him sooner than now.
His voice is quintessentially unique. And his guitar sound is arguably in that same description. Together, the combination of those two elements, undeniably unstoppable.
I don't have enough insight at this point in my Buddy Holly experience to drench you in facts, persuasions, or lost classics - I just know that this music has managed to live on for fifty-whatever years... and remain relevant. Hell! It blows away most of the crap that's being forced through the radio today.
If you've got access to music download software, a few quick sample suggestions would be :
Down The Line
Not Fade Away
Blue Days, Black Nights
Crying, Waiting, Hoping
And a few of those I'm sure we've all heard some version of :
That'll Be The Day
It's So Easy
(and if you don't have access to download, just check out some compilation CDs at your favourite record shop)
There are more but this is a good primer to get a nice audial glimpse of what this beast could do.
I can't claim that Buddy Holly is the best. I can, with absolute conviction, claim that he is one of the best. His unique style, undoubtedly, has influenced many a musician. Music lovers everywhere should be grateful.
All of my love
All of my kissin'
You don't know
What you been a missin'
Oh boy !