February 3, 2014 (Nashville, TN) — It has been called “The Day The Music Died,” a day that was memorialized in the hit Don McLean song “American Pie.” It was 55 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson (known as The Big Bopper) were killed along with their pilot when their small plane crashed into an Iowa corn field on the way to a tour date.
The three stars were young icons of the rock and roll era, with Buddy Holly in particular often credited for influencing stars that followed, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen. Holly was just 22 when he died.
Now, Country Music legend David Frizzell is wrapping production on a 21-song collection honoring the musical legacy of Buddy Holly. The album will benefit the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation (www.tbhef.org) and is expected to be released in time for the first annual Buddy Holly Festival which is planned in Lubbock, Texas surrounding Holly’s September 7th birthday.
“I’m a huge fan of Buddy, always have been,” says Country’s living legend, Frizzell. “It’s an honor to record these songs with my friends and pay homage to Buddy Holly.”
Frizzell is known for his hit Country songs and for collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. True to form, David invited some very special friends to be part of the Buddy Holly tribute project. The iconic stylist is joined by equally stellar voices including Merle Haggard, T. Graham Brown, Helen Cornelius, Sonny Curtis and Jimmy Fortune on what will surely be one of the most memorable recorded events of 2014.
“We originally talked about 10-15 songs, but it just grew and grew, including a tribute to the Everly Brothers who toured with Buddy,” Frizzell says. “Working on this project has surpassed everyone’s expectations. I look forward to sharing this album with fans around the world.”