The Girl Pays Tribute: Buddy Holly

Raining in My Heart

The sun is out - the sky is blue

there’s not a cloud to spoil the view
but it’s raining - raining in my heart

The weather man says clear today
he doesn’t know you’ve gone away

and it’s raining - raining in my heart


Oh, misery - misery what’s gonna become of me

I tell my blues they musn’t show

but soon these tears are bound to flow
cause it’s raining - raining in my heart

But it’s raining - raining in my heart

And it’s raining - raining in my heart


~Buddy Holly


Today is February 3, 2010, marking the fifty-first anniversary of the day the music died. On this date in 1959 a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper crashed outside of Clear Lake Iowa. No one survived the crash.

I was introduced to Buddy Holly's music in high school. There was something to mix of blues and rock and roll that appealed to me. I was born over a generation from his time but then, music is timeless. My Junior year I paid tribute to this man with a forensics speech. Admittedly, it fit the criteria for the category: Write a eulogy for someone who benefitted the entertainment industry. I didn't know that I would learn so much! It's been years since that speech, I can only remember a few details and sadly cannot rewrite it in its entirity, but this day still holds meaning to me.

Born Charles Hardin Holley on Labor Day of 1936 in Lubbox, Texas, he would later use his childhood nickname of Buddy to perform. His career lasted only a year and a half before the crash but in tha time he made changes to the music industry. He was an innovator. Creating techniques in the studio that are now common place.

Years pass by and the roots of everything seem to fade away. I know I will always look on this date and remember a man who was gone long before my time, but who left a legacy in music that holds to my heart. If you've never listened to a Buddy Holly and the Crickets song, or Ritchie Valen or the Big Bopper, I recommend taking a few moments today and do so. The music world lost three shining stars in one day. Who can imagine what they could do if they had survived?

Coincidentally, the year that I gave my speech, our home meet was on February 3rd. I made the finals and my tribute ranked me second place in the category.


I was amazed to find this live performance video!

In 1986 Buddy Holly was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. For a much better



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