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Buddy Holly Rave On

Client: 1515 Productions, BBC & Eagle Rock Entertainment

He was lanky, he wore glasses and he sang as if permanently battling hiccups. Aesthetically, Buddy Holly might have been the most unlikely-looking rock ’n’ roll star of the 1950s. But he was, after Elvis Presley, unquestionably the most influential.

It was an all-too-brief career that lasted barely eighteen months from ‘That’ll Be The Day’ topping the Billboard charts to the plane crash in February, 1959 in Iowa that took Holly’s life.  That day was immortalised in Don McLean’s 1971 song ‘American Pie’, and has become known as “the day the music died”.

The film tells the story of Buddy Holly’s tragically short life and career through interviews with those who knew him and worked with him.  This combined with contributions from music fans we paint a picture of an artist who changed music.  Rock ’n’ roll started with Elvis, but pop music started with Buddy Holly and The Crickets.

In an age of solo stars, Buddy Holly also led the first recognisable ‘pop’ group, The Crickets, who in name alone inspired The Beatles. As a songwriter, he revolutionised rock ’n’ roll by introducing dynamic new rhythms and unpredictable melodies beyond its traditional blues roots. In the songs of Buddy Holly, written and recorded in the late 50s, we can already hear the beat group sound of the 1960s, and beyond.

Buddy Holly’s story remains one of the most dramatic tales in rock ’n’ roll, one which nearly 60 years after his breakthrough hit, ‘That’ll Be The Day’, deserves to be told again for a new generation. His life was tragically short. His legacy is triumphantly infinite.