Buddy JP and Ritchie – on this day.

Waylon Jennings, who gave up his seat on the plane for his sick friend, JP, and Buddy Holly

JP Richardson, aka The Big Bopper

Ritchie Valens

Not pictured: pilot Roger Peterson

My first memory of music.


Gone far too long, but not forgotten.

Buddy Holly Rolls Over in His Grave; Paul McCartney Officially Gonzo.

Perusing BoingBoing today I see that Soundcloud has a sneak peak for a… Starbucks cover album of Buddy Holly songs?  Not really, but after a hopeful listen, that’s what it’s boiled down to for me.  Honestly, I wouldn’t have anyone covering a Holly & The Crickets song if I ran the world, but there’s just something greasily hipstery having to listen to these covers that take seminal rock and roll moments and boil them down to coffeehouse dreck.

Now, I didn’t hate everything, which is to say, My Morning Jacket got it right by basically changing nothing about “True Love Ways.”  The Detroit Cobras and Patti Smith also get a pass, but I could have gone my whole life without hearing Kid Rock cover my childhood music idol.

But if you truly want to torture yourself?  Try Paul McCartney.