February 3, 1959 will forever be the day "the music died." We all know the tragic story - we've heard about it for decades: Following a performance in Iowa, emerging stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed along with their pilot when their plane crashed shortly after take off. But, so much surrounds the death of these stars that often times it overshadows the lives they lived. To ensure the legacy lives on for one of those stars, the Buddy Holly Foundation was established in 2010. So much attention surrounds the death of those stars, and one Foundation has made it their mission to ensure the legacy of one of those musical icons lives on. To ensure this, the Buddy Holly Foundation, along with promoting musical education for young people, recently sent several replicas of the Lubbock, TX native's guitars to notable guitarists who helped shape the industry. One of them went to acclaimed singer/songwriter and Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart. Imagine this: you're Stewart and you receive a guitar one day out of the blue honoring one of your biggest musical heroes. Quite an honor indeed. "It was completely out of the blue. I was taken aback," the music icon said in an interview yesterday.
Almost immediately, Stewart went to Amoeba Records in Hollywood, and picked up some vinyl recordings of Holly. That wasn't it. He recorded his own version of "Raining in My Heart" (each guitar sent out was named after a Holly song), and decided to honor Holly further with a poignant music video for it. It's all to celebrate today - which would've been Holly's 76th birthday.
Asidesmusic with Huffington Post are pleased to premiere this video today. As Stewart said, "It's not a complicated video as you can see...It just dawned on me that I drive past the 'Buddy Holly Drive' sign every day on the way to my idea factory/studio and that his star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (placed last year on his 75th birthday) is just around the corner. After I recorded the song live in Nashville, I then simply had my journey from home to work filmed whilst driving my 1957 Studebaker," he explained.
Stewart, whose favorite Holly song is "That'll Be The Day," is seen in the video wearing a handmade suit by Manuel - who designed suits for Johnny Cash and countless others.
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