5 Buddy Holly Facts You May Not Know
This is the Day the Music Died.
On February 3, 1959, the plane carrying Richie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Buddy Holly crashed in Clear Lake, Iowa, due to bad weather and a young, inexperienced pilot.
West Texans, especially Lubbock natives, revere and respect Buddy Holly and the legacy he left in ways that are still impacting the world of music today.
Here are five things you may not know relating to Buddy Holly.
In the 1994 movie "Pulp Fiction," John Travolta and Uma Thurman's waiter was a Buddy Holly lookalike... and not a very good waiter.
The movie starring Gary Busey came out in 1978. Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, died of an overdose the day after he saw the movie.
His surname is spelled Holley, but it was misspelled on his first recording contract and never corrected.
Buddy Holly & The Crickets were booked to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1957 by a promoter who assumed they were black. They played, were received well and brought down the house.
Our own Doug Brannson is from Fargo, North Dakota, just across the river from Moorhead, Minnesota, where Holly was going to play the night of the crash. He has unique insight and perspective on how people feel about and have been influenced by Buddy Holly in Minnesota.