Geek Of The Week: Buddy Holly

Geek Of The Week: Buddy Holly

Over the years, we’ve featured several famous rockers as previous GOTWs. The list includes David Byrne, Weird Al Yankovic, Rivers Cuomo, J. Mascis, Geddy Lee, and several more. However, before any of these rockers picked up a guitar, there was a geek from Lubbock, TX who blazed a trail. His name was Buddy Holly.

Born Charles Hardin Holley in 1936, this rock and roll superstar started making music in the 1950’s and is arguably one of the greatest rock ‘n roll songwriters of all time. Songs like Peggy Sue, Everyday, Rave On, and Oh Boy will live in infamy. Additionally, his black framed glasses became a notable geek aesthetic which transcended generations. Holly only released 3 albums during his short lifetime, but his songs have been covered by countless artists and earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is one of my all time favorite performers and a huge influence.

Unfortunately, this musical icon died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. He was only 22 years old. Holly left behind a legacy that has impacted countless musicians and will continue to inspire artists for years to come. Thank you Buddy.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.