The man whose death is called “the day the music died” in the iconic song, “American Pie,” will be among this year’s inductees into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tommie Ritter Smith, president of the Carthage Hall of Fame, announced last week that Buddy Holly, David Frizell and the Texas Tenors will be inducted on August 13 during its 25th anniversary celebration.
Holly was born in Lubbock in 1936. His musical style was influenced by country, gospel, and rhythm and blues, and he produced major hits such as ‘That’ll be the Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’.
“Those of us my age and a bit younger will definitely remember dancing to those (songs) and enjoying them,” Smith said. “During his very short career, he wrote and recorded many songs. He is often credited as the artist who defined the traditional lineup of two guitars, one bass and drums. Unfortunately he died in a plane crash (in 1959) while trying to fly on a concert date. …and this tragedy was later referred to by Don McLean in his song “American Pie” as the day the music died.
A California man sanctioned by the Holly family will perform in his honor, Smith said.
“(He) has a musical theater production of ‘The Day the Music Died’ in this area, and he’s a spitting image for Buddy Holly,” she said. “And I think you’re going to really enjoy him and his music. It will be a little different from what we have had in the past. »
Smith described Frizzell, younger brother of Lefty Frizzell, as one of the greatest voices in country music.
“David Frizzell’s life and career are intertwined with the fabric of country music and traditions,” she said. “He is both a legacy and a legend with an unmistakable voice and captivating style. He has won numerous ACM and CMA performing and recording trophies, including awards for the hit duet with Shelly West, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”.
The Texas Tenors are newcomers to Texas entertainment, Smith said.
“They’ve amassed a huge fan base worldwide with over half a million social media followers and over 20 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram,” she said.
They appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and are considered the most successful touring band in the history of the television series, she said.
“As consummate professionals, these three friends with a simple All-American dream have proven their impact will be lasting as their popularity continues to grow,” Smith said. “I think you’re going to really enjoy this band, they’re very, very energetic. They can sing any type of music. They have a repertoire ranging from classic country to opera, and they are just the ultimate performers. They have beautiful, beautiful educated voices and great harmony.
Tickets go on sale May 1 for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame show. Auditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase scheduled for June 25.
For more information, visit www.tmhof.com.