Buddy Holly and the Crickets: "Rock and Roll Specialists"

Buddy Holly was another great artist that left this world much too early. He, Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace”) died in a plane crash (02/03/1959) while on the Winter Dance Party tour. Don McLean’s “American Pie” calls this “the day the music died”. 

Buddy was an avant garde artist at the time, one who appealed to black and white audiences alike, contributing to the start of rockabilly. He pioneered the now universally standard rock band lineup of two guitars, a bass and drums. Buddy was part of the first group of artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). 

Amusing that Rock & Roll was so new that she called them “specialists”. Notice the incredible contrast of culture then to culture now. Her modest dress is a perfect example of it. And in 1957, Russia and the U.S. had legions of missiles aimed at each other, and there was a serious debate whether to have national debt, not whether to increase the debt ceiling. It was, after all, 54 years ago. 

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