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55 years after the death of US singing legend The music's still alive for fans of Buddy Holly. Taken from the Weekly News June 2014


His success lasted just 18 months but for many, Buddy Holly remains the biggest influence on modern music. With his healthy, clean living appearance and those iconic spectacles, the man born Charles Hardin Holly wouldn't have outraged parents in his day.   But the songs he came out with, and the unique noise he and the Crickets produced, changed young peoples music forever.   So it was doubly tragic this incredible young talent perished in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, aged just 22. "The fans are still there" says widow Maria Elena, who was expecting there first child at the time miscarried the next day.  "He used to call them his friends, not his fans, so to me Buddy has not left. "They used to keep coming to Buddy and revere him in some sort of way and that's what, for me, has kept him alive. A few years older than him, Puerto Rican Maria Elena had liked him from the first moment of their first date. Five hours into that date, Buddy had handed her a rose and asked her to marry him. "Buddy was a very nice, laid back type of person. she recalls. "When it came to music, no siree! He always had this to say: "Hey, why don't we try it my way first? And if you don't like it and you show me why you don't like it, then I'll do it you're way, how's that?.    "Buddy was always the one who came with the ideas, he was so in tune with everything out there, any little sound, that seemed different to him. "He would say: "Hey, that sounds great, let me implement that here, let's try that. He was not afraid of that. Who would have thought of a rock 'n' rollerputting violins in anything. If the music world is still getting over the loss of such an important figure, then those darkest days over 50 years ago still haunt Maria Elena. "When he died, it was all of a sudden and those kind of deaths are very, very difficult to deal with because you don't have the time to say goodbye. I didn't have that.  She had a premonition that something awful was about to happen, and she she believes Buddy had too. "We were both dreaming at the same time," she recalls "Buddy had a dream about leaving me on top of a building. His brother said: "You have to come with me but  Maria Elena has to stay -- we'll be right back. "Buddy said: "No, no, no -- wherever I go she goes" Even at home, when he had to do things like going to the record company, I was always tagging along.  "At the same time, I was dreaming. "I was in a barren area by myself and all of a sudden, I heard people shouting and running closer and closer, shouting "The comet, the comet, run!"   But I was frozen in that spot, I couldn't run. " I saw this great ball of fire coming down. I tried to run, but I was frozen. It came past me and fell some feet in front of me and made a hole in the ground.     "I woke up. Buddy said: "Oh, God, I had a horrible nightmare," and I said I did too."   When the bad omen became reality, friends tried to shield her from the news until they could reach her at home. "Lou Giordano, who Buddy was developing, called me and said: "Maria Elena, how are you feeling? Do me a favour -- don't put the radio or TV on ."  "It was a very strange request, especially as he said he was coming over. "Right away, it lit a bulb and I got up and put the TV on and the news was everywhere. That's how Buddy's mother found out. "I was in shock. I don't remember much after that. "I went into a catatonic state not seeing, but knowing what had happened but not being able to digest it. "I couldn't believe it had happened -- he'd left the day before and he'd talked to me in the evening and this happened after they left the Surf Ballroom after the show. "Then the dream came back" Buddy had charted a small plane, but the pilot had taken off in a snowstorm, despite not being qualified to fly using instruments only. Shortly after take-off, Buddy, rock 'n' roller Ritchie Valens of La Bamba fame, Big Bopper J. P Richardson and the pilot all died as it crashed.  Maria Elena, who cost herself a fortune by refusing to let Buddy's image be used for booze commercials and similar things, hopes the latest theatre run of the Buddy Holly story will inspire new kids. "I hope inspiring musicians, will take the tenacity and dedication he had for his music" she says. "They closed one door and he went and he went and opened another. No matter what. That's what it takes to make it!. "Just don't give up. If you really love what you're doing and you want to be successful, one of the things Buddy always said was: "Don't give up" "That's one of the things he also said to the youngsters he met on tours, because the mothers and fathers used to bring their children."  The most successful rock 'n' roll show ever, The Buddy Holly Story is now celebrating its silver anniversary. Monday, June 16-21 will se it return to the Kings Theatre. After that, it's Birmingham Hippodrome, Cardiff New Theatre, and dates right through until August.


Popular star inspired Beatles and the Boss

They'd grown up to become the biggest rock stars in the world -- but every single one of them spent their own youths idolising Buddy Holly, writes Craig Campbell. To Springstein, Dylan, McCartney, Jagger and Richards, the Texas boy in the horn-rimmed specs was the pinnacle of music success. Holly, after all, dared to try things in his records that would have most studio bosses shrieking in fear -- but they worked, and he really did inspire all the music we love today.    Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's wido, reveals that she's met many of them, and reckons her husband would have got on with them like a house on fire. "I've met Paul nd most of the Beatles, of course, and I've met some of the others," she says. "I met Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones In Texas. They used one of Buddy's songs to start the tour! "I met Linda Ronstadt -- she had a couple of hits with Buddy's songs. "One thing I can always remember is Bruce Springsteen saying before he goes on stage, he listens to Buddy. "In Duluth on the final tour, Bob Dylan said he wasn't far from the stage, and at that time it was open so you could close to it. "I do remember him making the comment he was right there in front of Buddy and that Buddy looked at him. And he said he couldn't forget the way he looked at him. "None of them met Buddy, but they were influenced by him. "Even The Beatles picked up their name from the Crickets. "I'd say John Lennon and Buddy would've been the best of friends. I have that feeling somehow. "I know Paul also loved and respected Buddy. "But I think John and Buddy would have done a duet."            

"He was a very giving person"                                                       

They reckon that during the record breaking run of the Buddy Holly Show, his songs have been sung 260,000 times, write Craig Campbell. When the man himself did them in the UK, he had kids across Britain learning them and singing them in bedrooms, pubs and concert halls, as Maria Elena, his widow, reveals. "Buddy was one of those people who'd convince anybody, as his music is adaptable and people who've recorded his songs say they can do their own style but it can still be a Buddy tune. "To be honest Buddy was more more recognised in the UK, even after the US. For Buddy and a lot of American musicians, they had to go out of the US to be recognised, then come back. Those specs certainly were no affectation -- he really couldn't see the microphone without them. Buddy was as blind as a bat.     Maria Elena laughs, "He wore the metal rimmed glasses, he did that for a while. Even at that point when he was on stage, he took them off, but he couldn't see anything. "He felt self conscious and took them off. Also Buddy loved his fans. He really cared that these people loved his music. "He was a giving person, even with his fellow musicians. "A lot of musicians have an ego. Buddy didn't have that and he connected with his fans because he always said those people are the ones who are making me, even though I'm writing the music, so why should I be distanced from them? "So he was very approachable"         


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