The music never died. Writer Maury Dean shows that Buddy Holly and the Crickets are the most important rock-band pioneers of all time. Holly's Crickets invented the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the whole concept of a rock and roll band. This'll Be the Day is foremost a love story between Texan singer/songwriter Holly and his bride Maria Elena. From a whirlwind 1¼-year career that spun his Crickets' crew to the top of the charts, to a passionate half-year courtship and marriage to Maria, the short life of Buddy Holly might not be the most important story in rock and roll. Then again, it may! “American Pie” is our nation's 2nd-favorite hit of all time. Bemoaning the “Day the Music Died”, Don's great song is dedicated to Buddy Holly.
So is Maury Dean. This'll Be the Day mostly features Holly's life. It also celebrates McLean's beautiful melody and chorus, but disagrees that Buddy's February 3, 1959 plane crash caused the music to die. Millions of musical echoes, from Bob Dylan to the Beatles and Eagles and Beyonce, prove that beyond the aftermath of Buddy's meteoric career, his music and spirit still live.
For a rock icon, Holly was no shallow silver-screen hotshot. A family man and great pal, Buddy actually proposed to the love of his life on the day of their first date. He is the most important singer-songwriter of the 50s, and the inventor of the rock and roll band as we know it. His Crickets drummer Jerry Allison was voted by Rolling Stone magazine #3 of all time behind The Who's Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John 'Bonzo' Bonham. The early exits of these two great drummers grant Allison the gold medal by default. Buddy's 1957-58 bassist Joe B. Mauldin was the first to popularize the ELECTRIC bass in a modern rock band. Buddy's 1959 '2nd-bass' man Waylon Jennings is currently the 4th-favorite country singer of all time, behind Johnny Cash, 1st Hank Williams Sr., and Eddy Arnold. With the physique of Abe Lincoln, the ringing Fender Stratocaster guitar later copied by Jimi Hendrix, and a friendly smile bigger than his Texas Panhandle, Baptist Buddy Holly's Crickets inspired the Fab Four, Rolling Stones, and myriads of American bands. He brought us happy songs as big as the planet, like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That'll Be the Day,” and “Not Fade Away.” Buddy's echo rocks on.
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Thank you, and happy Holly-days.