|Posted by showbizdeluxe on January 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM|
This is the first year in The Songmasters on going charitable efforts, “The celebration of Buddy Holly who would have celebrated his 75th Birthday this year.
At his young age, Buddy Holly was passionate about keeping his music alive and helping other young artists to do the same. Beside Holly’s musical legacy, Buddy Holly was a visionary in the early music business, developing his own label and his own studio well before these ideas became current in the industry. Holly also had other dreams to help talented peers break into and succeed in music. “Buddy did everything he could to make sure that talented young musicians and songwriters got a real chance,”explains Maria Elena Holly. “He would be especially thrilled, as I am, that so many outstanding artists are part of this effort to honor his personal commitment to recognize and help great young musical talent.” It is especially heartening that so many young artists want to join in fulfilling Holly’s dream as well.
Little did he know that his young life would be tragically cut short in February…the day the music died but his wish was fulfilled as Jackson Brown so eloquently expressed when he said, “The music didn’t die, the music became immortal”. His music influenced so many young artists..and we are talking about his legacy still today. Both old and younger artists were influenced by this young genius and the music he made.
Artists of all generations have given their time and talent for the love of Buddy’s music and to help the Songmasters’ program’s charitable efforts.
Kicked off with an acclaimed tribute album, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly, produced by Peter Asher (who has a lifelong relationship with Buddy’s music) featuring Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Ringo Starr, Pat Monahan (of Train, Jackson Browne,Patrick Stump, Cobra Starship, Imelda May, The Fray, Brian Wilson and more.
Artists at this once-in-a-lifetime event came from three generations and included Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Gram Nash, Shawn Colvin, Patrick Stump, Chris Isaak,Gram Nash, Cobra Starship, Legends like Phil Everly and Paul Anka …who knew and worked with Buddy…and more.
The Listen To Me: Buddy Holly celebration continues a year-long celebration that began on Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and will continue his legacy for generations to come.