LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Community is celebrating the life of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly today, on the 60th anniversary of The Day the Music Died.
Buddy Holly Fan Charles Hinkle said Buddy Holly was very influential and was gone too soon.
“He wrote some of the best songs, some of the best music ever produced,” Hinkle said.
Hinkle said Buddy Holly is very important to Lubbock and he’s proud to be from the same city as Buddy Holly.
The singer-songwriter was born in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School. His music career started right here, as he opened for artists like Elvis Presley at the old Lubbock Cotton Club.
Buddy Holly was a member of the Crickets, who are credited with chart-topping songs like That’ll Be the Day and Peggy Sue.
Joey Draper said he grew up listening to Holly’s music, and it inspired him to become a musician himself.
“For the short time he was around, he created some of the best music of all time,” Draper said.
Holly’s life came to a tragic end in 1959 when his plane went down near Clear Lake, Iowa. He was 22 years old. Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson also died in the crash.
But, Holly’s legacy lives on through his music in the hearts of his fans.
Christine Draper said Buddy Holly has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.
“My son and I like other music and artists, but nobody seems to affect us the way Buddy does,” Draper said.