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On this day in music history: September 23, 1957 - “That’ll Be The Day” by The Crickets hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 1 week Written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison, it is the biggest hit for the rock & roll quartet from Lubbock, TX. Recorded in February 1957 at producer Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, NM, the song is inspired after Buddy Holly sees the John Ford western “The Searchers” when John Wayne utters the now famous line “that’ll be the day”. Holly had originally recorded the song in Nashville in 1956 while under contract to Decca Records. The deal he signs legally prohibits him from re-recording any of his songs for five years, whether they are released or not. Producer Norman Petty gets around this by crediting the re-recorded “hit” version to The Crickets rather than under Buddy Holly’s name. Released on Brunswick Records (ironically a subsidiary of Decca) in May of 1957, the song becomes a smash. When Decca discovers that The Crickets and Holly are one in the same, they sign him to their Coral Records subsidiary for his solo releases. Entering the Best Sellers chart at #21 on August 18. 1957, it climbs to the top of the chart five weeks later. “That’ll Be The Day” becomes a rock & roll standard and is covered numerous times over the years by artists such as Linda Ronstadt and The Everly Brothers. The song is also one of the first recordings made by the pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen (consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Colin Hanton and John “Duff” Lowe) in 1958. The Crickets version of “That’ll Be The Day” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

anonymous asked:

OMG i totally meant whipped **richie in my ask forgive me lol

A/N: so. regardin my asks, and this fuckin one in particular. i was originally going to answer this earlier, but i kept makin different versions of it and it pissed me right the fuck off. so i decided i’d post all of them. i’d probably pick one and make into a full length fic but o fuckin well

I.    80’s. The Starcrossed Lovers of Hanlon’s Motors and Mrs. K’s.

Eddie sniffs as he curls closer to Richie, playing with the long fingers in the other boy’s hands. They’ve been lying in bed for the better part of the day, Eddie’s mom not even knowing that her own son’s gentleman caller is here in her house, in her boy’s bed, with her very own son draped on the town’s local ‘trouble maker’. Oh, if she knew. She’d probably cut off Richie’s dick herself and make her son wear it like a rosary.

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Lecture 4: Buddy Holly & The Crickets performing “Peggy Sue” on television in 1957. We’ll cover Buddy Holly (1936-1959) in greater depth in our next lecture. But he was one of those enormously influential, generation-defining figures whose impact on young people was immeasurable.

Here’s what some of his more famous fans said:

“He made it OK to wear glasses. I was Buddy Holly.” - John Lennon

“I play Buddy Holly every night before going onstage. It keeps me honest.” - Bruce Springsteen

“You could learn from Buddy Holly how to write songs, the way he put them together. He was a beautiful writer.” - Mick Jagger

“When I was sixteen or seventeen, I went to see Buddy Holly play and I was three feet away from him … and he LOOKED at me. Buddy Holly was a poet - way ahead of his time.” - Bob Dylan

“At least the first 40 songs we (The Beatles) wrote were Buddy Holly-influenced.” - Paul McCartney

“I only needed specs for reading, but as a result of wearing them all the time to try to look like Buddy Holly, I became genuinely nearsighted.” - Elton John

“Of all the music heroes of the time, Buddy Holly was the most accessible, and he was the real thing…. He was one of us.” - Eric Clapton

“By about 1958, it was either Elvis or Buddy Holly. It was split into two camps. The Elvis fans were the heavy leather boys and the Buddy Holly ones all somehow looked like him.” - Keith Richards

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh, on June 23rd 1940.

As a youngster Sutcliffe’s father moved the family to Liverpool, where Stuart grew up.He attended Park View Primary School, Huyton, and Prescot Grammar School where he developed a love and aptitude for art.

While earning money as a bin man, he attended the Liverpool College of Art and was regarded as one of the best painters in his class, working mainly in an abstract expressionist style.

It was at college that he met fellow student John Lennon, who became his flatmate. After one of Sutcliffe’s paintings sold for the then-massive sum of £65, Lennon convinced him to buy a bass guitar — which he could barely play — and join the band Lennon had formed with his friends Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

The band’s name had already changed numerous times. Upon joining, Sutcliffe and Lennon lit upon the idea of “beetles” as a nod to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Over the next few months, that name evolved into the Silver Beetles, then the Silver Beatles, and finally to the Beatles.

Along with hastily recruited drummer Pete Best, Sutcliffe and the Beatles traveled to Hamburg, Germany to play clubs and hone their skills. There, Sutcliffe fell in love with photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who became his fiancee just two months after meeting him. She gave him the mop-top haircut the rest of the band would soon adopt.

In 1961, Sutcliffe left the Beatles to focus on his painting and life with Astrid. He won a postgraduate scholarship to attend the Hamburg College of Art, eager to study under Edinburgh sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.

His artistic career was cut short, however, when after a series of increasingly severe headaches, he died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage on April 10, 1962, at the age of 21.

His fiancee and former bandmates were devastated. Sutcliffe’s face can still be seen on the far left side of the album cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s. 

Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!

Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:

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