Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Long, Long Time Ago

Kia ora tātou – Hello Everyone
American Thumb - artist Ken AllanOn this day, fifty years ago, the life of a young singer-songwriter ended tragically. The end for this brief and brilliant artistic career was a supernova in the pop music galaxy that continues to reverberate with the shock.

Early in the morning (3 February 1959) a light plane crashed shortly after take-off, near Mason City Municipal Airport, Iowa. All passengers died: pilot Roger Peterson, Ritchie Valens, J P “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Charles Hardin Holley, otherwise know as Buddy Holly.

Holly’s life was short - too short for him to commit mistakes enough to influence, in the slightest, his inevitable place in the history of music.

Don McLean’s famous line on the event, “the day the music died”, is a conundrum. What Holly gave, in the few years before then, had a colossal influential effect on the music of many singers and musicians. Millions of people throughout the world have been touched by Holly’s artistry, and through their appreciation of the momentum of the music that's still evolving from it.

I was too young to fully appreciate Buddy Holly’s music before he died. But in the years since, I have come to understand how his light is such an amazing guiding beacon to so many in the music world:

Linda Ronstadt:

The Beatles:

The Rolling Stones:

Cliff Richard:

John Denver and David Essex:

Don McLean:

Rangimarie - Peace and Harmony


Paul C said...

Hi Ken,
What a nostalgic trip down memory lane. I enjoy the retrospection with the well assembled videos. The 1978 film "The Buddy Holly Story" also helps to capture the artistry of Holly.

Anonymous said...

I was right with you Ken. Garth Brooks sang it well at Obama's concert to kick off the Inauguration event at Lincoln Memorial.
I was up and out of my seat with my air guitar.