Today marks what would have been [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Buddy Holly[/lastfm]’s 75th birthday, and as fans and artists alike celebrate the brief but lasting legacy of one of the most influential artists in music, we’re celebrating Holly’s biggest hits during his career.
He not only helped impact early rock and roll, but Buddy Holly inspired generations of artists to come with his rockabilly music including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]. His music lives on to this day in tributes from countless of other artists and remains on of the greatest artists of all time!
1. “That’ll Be The Day” — The only #1 hit Holly ever achieved during his career, “That’ll Be The Day” inspired many cover versions from other artists and was even the first ever recorded song by The Quarrymen, which later formed into The Beatles.
2. “Peggy Sue” — Reaching #3 on the Billboard charts in 1957, this love song was inspired by The Cricket’s drummer Jerry Allison’s girlfriend and was so popular, Holly wrote and recorded a sequel “Peggy Sue Got Married” just before his death.
3. “Oh, Boy!” — The single peaked at #10 on the U.S. charts and #3 on the UK charts in 1958 and featured The Picks on backing vocals.
4. “Everyday” — The sweet, summery pop tune makes us think of the good times and was famously featured in Rob Reiner’s 1986 film Stand By Me.
5. “Rave On!” — One of his last hits during his life, Rave On! ranked #154 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and even inspired a compilation album of modern artists covering all of Buddy Holly’s hits.