Rocktober Alphabet: H is for Buddy HollyPosted: October 9, 2011
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Buddy Holly’s brief career shaped rock n’ roll more than any other early rocker.
It’s impossible to overstate his impact.
His attitude, his electric style, his cool aloof, the swing of his leg and the punk cock of his head at the camera – all are his legacy beyond the twang and sparkle of his pop singles.
In the video below, I see Roger Daltrey, Joey Ramone, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant.
I see Slash, Bono, Patti Smith, and Trent Reznor.
Every rock star since Buddy picked up his signature Fender Stratocaster has been (conciously or not) channeling him.
I don’t care who you are or what you listen to. You’ve heard Buddy Holly, you’ve seen Buddy Holly everywhere.
He usually sings with other people’s voices, punches with other people’s feet, winks with other people’s eyes, but it’s him.
Next time you meet him, make sure to say thanks.