I adored this song as a kid in the coming-of-age movie Stand By Me. It is one of the monumental tracks in the origin of Rock n Roll music. Buddy Holly influenced the cream of the crop in music who started out in the 60’s. His life was tragically cut short at the peak of his young career in an air-plane crash on February 3, 1959.
Something about him seemed permanent and he filled me with conviction,” Dylan said of seeing Holly on stage. “Then out of the blue, the most uncanny thing happened, he looked at me right straight there in the eye and he transmitted something, something I didn’t know what. It gave me the chills‘. – Bob Dylan, Nobel Lecture (2016)
Today’s song, Everyday was released as the B side of Peggy Sue. Buddy Holly released it with The Crickets, but they are not mentioned on the single. This is just a wonderful production with a celesta (bell piano) – similar to the sound of a xylophone used to amazing effect and who can forget Buddy Holly’s ‘A-hey, a-hey-hey‘!
Every day, it’s a-getting closer
Going faster than a rollercoaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
Buddy was just 20 years old when he recorded this.
He was born in Texas to a musical family during the Great Depression and learned to play the guitar alongside his siblings. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, he decided to pursue a career in music and soon after got a contract with Decca Records. In January 1958 he appeared for the second time on the Ed Sullivan show and soon after toured Australia and then the UK.
After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, early 1959 he chartered an airplane to travel to his next show, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson in a tragedy later referred to by Don McLean as “The Day the Music Died“. More music will appear here from Buddy.