Oh Boy! Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' turns 17
September 8th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Oh Boy! Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' turns 17

On what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday, the rock and roll pioneer (finally!) got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.

The ceremony took place just outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood. Gary Busey was in attendance (naturally?), as was Holly's widow Maria Elena, Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers, fans and relatives of Holly. (Busey, of course, played Holly in 1978's "The Buddy Holly Story.")

A flash mob showed up wearing Buddy Holly glasses - they performed "Not Fade Away" and then shouted in unison: "Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly!"

The City of Los Angeles also declared September 7 Buddy Holly Day and played host to a star-studded tribute concert last night.

Born Charles Hardin Holley (if not for a record contract typo, the "e" would have remained) in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936, Holly's hits included "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue" (originally titled "Cindy Lou" but changed to honor Holly's Crickets bandmate's then-girlfriend - and later wife - Peggy Sue Gerron), "Rave On," "Oh Boy," "Everyday," "It's So Easy," "Heartbeat" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," among others.

Holly was killed on February 3, 1959 at the age of 22 in the plane crash that also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens (whose hits included "La Bamba," "Oh Donna" and others) and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (whose big hit was "Chantilly Lace"). Don McLean's 1971 song, "American Pie" aptly calls it "the day the music died." McLean was working as a paper boy when Holly died, and some of the lyrics are semi-autobiographical, e.g., "But February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver... " / "I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride... "

Even though Buddy Holly was far before my time, he's always been one of my favorite musicians. I didn't just jump on the rockabilly bandwagon, either - I "liked" him on Facebook years ago and "That'll Be the Day" is my most-played song on Spotify. However, the fact that he'd now be 75 doesn't blow me away the way it might my parents' or even my grandparents' generation.

What does floor me is the fact that Weezer's song "Buddy Holly" came out 17 years ago yesterday. Holy "Where do the years go?" Batman! That gives me flashbacks to high school, my weekend job at Gap Kids, and watching the awesome Spike Jonze-directed "Buddy Holly" video. Ah, the days when MTV aired videos...

The eponymous tune was released on what would have been Holly's 58th birthday - September 7, 1994. It was the second single released from Weezer's self-titled debut album (also known as The Blue Album).

In the video, Weezer is seen playing at Arnold's Drive-In diner from "Happy Days." Footage of the band is seamlessly spliced with clips from the '70s sitcom, such as The Fonz dancing to Weezer! Cast member Al Molinaro reprised his "Happy Days" role as "Al," (and barely aged a day, might I add).

What about you? Do your memories fall under the Buddy Holly camp or the "Buddy Holly" camp? And, regardless of your age, what's your favorite Buddy Holly song?

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  1. Norsauda

    that your score drops for making your OWN iniruqy. That is totally FALSE! When you run your own credit report it does NOT show up when lenders make a query and does NOT affect your credit score.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sean Hoade

    When I was in high school back in the '80s, I had a front license plate that read "Buddy Holly Lives." I love all of his music - he was coming into his own as a producer even then - but my favorites are his rocking "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" and "Rave On," and on the softer side "Dearest" and "Raining in my Heart." What a wonderful man.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elvis

    My favorite? "Not Fade Away" of course. The Grateful Dead always did such a nice job on that one!

    September 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Some of us *even liked Buddy Holly *before Facebook*! Can you believe it?

    September 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kathie

    It's gotta be "Dearest" – The sweetest song ever, and could be played on the radio today...

    September 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    Loved all of Buddy Holly's songs. I was a geeky senior in HS the day the music died. A friend and I had worked out the chords to "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue" and several more on our ukuleles. We were all shook up by the news. Finally wore the frets off the little plastic uke and graduated to a Sears Silvertone guitar. I got blisters on my fingers thanks to Buddy. Rave on!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy

    I remember the real Buddy Holly. And actually, I have two favorites - Maybe Baby and Rave On! But I loved all his music.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    Ahhhh!! I wish I could go back to 1995!!!!!! Excellent song!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. george

    the clip is not from 1995 idiots, do any of you think the Happy Days was still on in 1995......try 1975 jerks.....it's 37 years old today.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis

    Everyday of course, what memories. Holly ranks with the greatest

    September 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian R

    True Love Ways or Rave On

    September 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Catherine Talbert

    I remember when Buddy died. I also love Weezer. True Love ways, heartbeat, ....I guess all of them!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matthew Cuellar

    As an eighteen year-old who got about 50 songs at once, I'd say... "It's So Easy"!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ChrisMelbourne

    True Love Ways is my favourite of Buddy's. As for Weezer, I will always remember this song and dancing with one of my best friends while seeing Weezer perform in 1995!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |

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