Monday, February 2, 2009

Anniversary (Pop Culture Edition)

February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of "the day the music died." The music didn't really die with the performers who died on that tragic air flight. Buddy Holly's legacy includes the much-ballyhooed British Invasion of the 1960s, and of course a number of his hits have been covered in the intervening decades (I was a kid when Linda Ronstadt was riding such tunes as "It's So Easy" to near the top of the pop charts). Heck, bands have been named after him (The Hollies is the most obvious, although admittedly the only tune of theirs I ever liked was the eerily CCR-sounding "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"). Cats like Elvis Costello have emulated Holly's appearance. Ritchie Valens' short career would go on to inspire cats like Los Lobos. You get the picture.

H/t Oklahoma Lefty

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