It is day two of the twelve days of Christmas famous people from history songs. Today it is Buddy Holly who is honoured in song. Weezer formed in Los Angeles in 1992 and are still going strong. Perhaps their best known song is “Buddy Holly”. It was on their self titled debut album from 1994 which is often referred to as the Blue Album. The single hit number 12 in the UK chart and number 2 in the US Alternative charts. The song also mentions Mary Tyler Moore the American Actress who died in January 2017 aged 80.
Buddy Holly was killed in a fatal air crash that also took the lives of Richie Valens and the Big Bopper on February 3rd 1959. Holly’s demise has featured in many songs, perhaps most notably in Don McLean’s 1972 classic “American Pie” which refers to that fateful day as “the day the music died”. The video for the Weezer song is set in Arnold’s Drive In from the 1970s American SitCom ‘Happy Days’. It was directed by Spike Jonze. The video was also one of the songs on the Windows 95 set up CD.