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Not Fade Away — Forever 22

From the buckle of the bible belt — Buddy Holly emerged as a musical messiah

Main image Exhibit of Buddy Holly’s acoustic guitar and leather cover at LBJ Presidential Library, Austin, TX 2015. Inset image  Buddy Holly in New York Central Station photo-booth 23 January 1959
Main image: Exhibit at LBJ Presidential Library, Austin, TX, 2015. Inset: Buddy Holly photo-booth image 1959 -both images Public Domain via Wikimedia

Buddy Holly was born 7 September 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, and would have been celebrating his 85th birthday this week, had he not died in a plane crash in Iowa in February 1959 — the day music died, according to Don McLean.

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David Acaster

David Acaster

British, retired, loves reptiles & amphibians, keen on history, steam locomotives, travel, real ale and still trying to master that Fender Stratocaster.

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