Sunday, November 01, 2015

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“‘That’ll Be the Day,’ Buddy Holly’s chart debut, came too late to make it on country radio. If 
this recording had come out even a few months earlier . . . Holly likely would’ve climbed the country charts as swiftly as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Gene Vincent. 
By the summer of 1957, though, the Nashville Sound had been building momentum for a year already. . . . Consequently, rockabilly acts were in the process of being banished from country play lists. . . .” Writing in Heartaches by the Number, David Cantwell goes on to recount how influential Buddy Holly was anyway, both before and after his death at 22, influencing not only country (specifically the Bakersfield sound), but pop, rock’n’roll, rock, singer-songwriters, et al. 
He concludes his essay with “Buddy Holly’s music die? That’ll be the day.”


340.  That’ll Be the Day • The Crickets • 1957


Get it: The “Chirping” Crickets

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