I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the genius of Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash 50 years ago today. Buddy influenced everybody from Elvis to the Beatles to the Rolling Stones. His songs like "Peggy Sue" "That'll Be the Day" "Rave On" "Maybe Baby" "Everyday" have been covered by everybody from John Mellencamp to Jimmy Page, from Blondie to Bruce Springsteen. This skinny kid from Lubbock Texas forever blurred the line between geek and chic, cuz this guy was so groovy he could make even hornrimmed glasses look cool -- just ask John Lennon. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. February 3rd, 1959 has been called "the day the music died."
Buddy Holly was only 22 years old.