Everyday (1957) – Buddy Holly

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
A-hey, a-hey-hey

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.

References:
1. Everyday – wikpedia
2. Buddy Holly – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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28 comments on “Everyday (1957) – Buddy Holly
  1. A nice song. He was a very talented young man and this is so tragic. I am certainly looking forward to you covering more of his songs.

  2. I had forgotten that this was actually a B side. In my opinion it’s one of his best songs!

  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I could listen to Holly every day…and his entire catalog through. He is the one 50s artist that would have been in the charts in the 60s with the Beatles to me. He was different from his peers.

    • His potential was off the charts and if he went on, he would have competed with the very best. To think of what he did before he was even 21 is mind blowing. Also he just seemed such a congenial and down to earth soul. I can see why Dylan was so mesmerized.

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        He really did seem down to earth…the success never seem to get to him like some of the others. He had a great career in only 3 years or so.

      • Buddy seemed intuitively clued onto music well beyond his years. I know most of the best are more creative in their youth, but his output was on another level. He was like the Bobby Fischer of music haha

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        LOL thats a good comparison. He was self contained…wrote his own songs…Chuck did but that wasn’t normal…Elvis certainly didn’t.

      • I know probably less about Elvis than I do about any of the other big names back then. I missed the train I suppose.

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Elvis was the man for a while…but when he joined the army…he was never the same after that…became a pop singer more than a rock and roller.

  4. No whistles and bells (although it has bells – I presume it’s a celeste?) Just pure talent.

  5. I do love Buddy Holly.

  6. Buddy holds a high place in my music pile for so many reasons

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