Rock Legends

Rock Legends

Buddy Holly
Season 8  |  Episode 13  |  Arts  |  December 4, 2017

With his signature vocal hiccup and hits like That'll Be the Day, Rave On, Peggy Sue, and Not Fade Away, Buddy Holly was a rock 'n' roll pioneer, as well as one of the genre's first great singer-songwriters. He used the recording studio for double tracking and other advanced techniques, and popularised the two guitars, bass, and drums lineup. Holly's playful, mock-ingenuous singing, with slides between falsetto and regular voice, was a major influence on Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and numerous imitators. When he died in an airplane crash at 22, he had been recording for less than two years.

With his signature vocal hiccup and hits like That'll Be the Day, Rave On, Peggy Sue, and Not Fade Away, Buddy Holly was a rock 'n' roll pioneer, as well as one of the genre's first great singer-songwriters. He used the recording studio for double tracking and other advanced techniques, and popularised the two guitars, bass, and drums lineup. Holly's playful, mock-ingenuous singing, with slides between falsetto and regular voice, was a major influence on Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and numerous imitators. When he died in an airplane crash at 22, he had been recording for less than two years.

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