Oh Boy! Weezer’s ‘Buddy Holly’ turns 75

On what would have been Buddy Holly‘s 75th birthday, the rock and roll pioneer (finally!) got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.

The ceremony took place just outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood. Gary Busey was in attendance (naturally?), as was Holly’s widow Maria Elena, Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers, fans and relatives of Holly. (Busey, of course, played Holly in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story.”)

A flash mob showed up wearing Buddy Holly glasses – they performed “Not Fade Away” and then shouted in unison: “Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly!”

The City of Los Angeles also declared September 7 Buddy Holly Day and played host to a star-studded tribute concert last night.

Born Charles Hardin Holley (if not for a record contract typo, the “e” would have remained) in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936, Holly’s hits included “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” (originally titled “Cindy Lou” but changed to honor Holly’s Crickets bandmate’s then-girlfriend – and later wife – Peggy Sue Gerron), “Rave On,” “Oh Boy,” “Everyday,” “It’s So Easy,” “Heartbeat” and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” among others.

Holly was killed on February 3, 1959 at the age of 22 in the plane crash that also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens (whose hits included “La Bamba,” “Oh Donna” and others) and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson (whose big hit was “Chantilly Lace”). Don McLean‘s 1971 song, “American Pie” aptly calls it “the day the music died.” McLean was working as a paper boy when Holly died, and some of the lyrics are semi-autobiographical, e.g., “But February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver… ” / “I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride… “

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Posted on September 9, 2011, in Hollywood Buzz and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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