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This Month in Music History: Buddy Holly Released his Star-making Single “That’ll Be the Day”

Did you know Buddy Holly’s iconic single “That’ll Be the Day” was inspired by a John Buddy_Holly_croppedWayne movie? That’s right! Holly was inspired to write his breakthrough hit after he and drummer Jerry Allison saw The Searchers. “That’ll Be the Day” was Wayne’s signature phrase in the 1956 Western.

At the time, Holly had been recently dropped by Decca Records (yes, the same label that infamously passed on The Beatles). As a part of his agreement with Decca, Holly was not allowed to record any songs on any other label — Read more