In a frame of reference where you might think of Elvis Presley as an idol and Little Richard as a hero, Buddy Holly has to be considered as an influence. In any final analysis of the contribution of the stars of the 50s to the general steam of rock and roll, Holly has to be singled out as the man who made possible a whole lot of what came later. Precisely that Holly was the one who, above all others, convinced a large number of nondescript male children that maybe they too could be rock performers. Holly was the really accessible early rock star. His high, rather, lightweight tenor could be copied by any spotty third former who posed in front of a mirror with a six-pound mail-order guitar, while with his capped teeth and myopic grim he was certainly no winner in the beauty stakes. In a number of interviews, Clapton has cited Holly as the artist who first inspired him to take up the guitar. In terms of seminal creativity, Holly must rank close to Chuck Berry as one of the greatest innovators of the 50s.
Who Was Buddy Holly?
He was born in Lubbock, Texas , to a musical family during the Great Depression , and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music , country music , and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in , and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In , after opening for Elvis Presley , he decided to pursue a career in music.
It was released as the second single from the band's debut album Weezer The Blue Album in The single was released on what would have been Buddy Holly 's 58th birthday. The lyrics reference the song's s namesake and actress Mary Tyler Moore. The song also reached number six in Canada, number 12 in the United Kingdom, number 13 in Iceland and number 14 in Sweden.