Buddy Holly, 1957
Had Buddy Holly not got on the plane that time with the bloke from La Bamba, he’d be merrily turning 72 today. He’d be sitting there with his big glasses thumbing small chunks of cake into his gummy mouth, reminiscing about his psychedelic years on LSD. But, as it is, he died on that silly plane, so we completely missed out on his musical evolution. Which is a shame, because he really was brilliant. Hence, we decided to get him a gift, so we all put on big joke glasses and ran around town hiccuping the name Peggy Sue at passers-by and yelling present ideas at tramps, before it boiled down to a toss up between laser eye surgery, or a clip of Buddy performing in 1957. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Mr Holly!