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The Altar of Buddy Holly

Fri., Nov. 8, 2002

All rock & roll fans everywhere should bow down and worship at the altar of Buddy Holly. Without Buddy Holly, you'd have no Beatles, no Rolling Stones, no Who, no Sex Pistols, no Nirvana. The buck stops at Buddy. The Beatles and the Hollies were both named after Holly's Crickets. The Stones' first big hit was their adaptation of Holly's "Not Fade Away." Paul McCartney bought the Buddy Holly songwriting catalog (the Who's Keith Moon died after a party Paul threw in Buddy's honor). Here's a few more basics for you: Buddy Holly & the Crickets were the first band to have the now-regulation rock lineup -- two electric guitars, electric bass, and drums; first band to write their own material; first band to famously split up and "go solo"; one of the first to practice overdubs; one of the first early artists to produce their own records; one of the first American bands to heavily tour England and spread the gospel. It's all there, everything that early rock & roll and country was, everything that became DIY, and the whole friggin' lineup of bands that came ever after. There's probably less than a half-dozen American musicians who had the influence Buddy Holly had. Send him a Texas-sized "Thanks!!!"

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