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Lou Giordano’s Daughter Reflects on Her Father’s Bond With Buddy Holly 64 Years After the Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly was looking for a change in his music career in 1959. After several years of performing and recording with The Crickets, he wanted to branch out as a producer. He scouted new talent on his Decca record label; and came across two men whose lives he would exponentially change. One was country superstar Waylon Jennings. The other was Lou Giordano, my father. Sixty-four years after the day the music died, when Buddy perished in a plane crash alongside Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, I’m looking back at my father’s special relationship with Buddy

Buddy Holly and Lou Giordano | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/Brunswick Records

Lou Giordano was a jack-of-all-trades who dreamed of becoming a singing superstar

My father, Lou Giordano, was a man who always dreamed big. He lived life to the fullest, or at least as full as a man could on a truck driver’s salary. He worked 9-5 during the week and, decked out in a tuxedo on the weekends, sang at clubs in the New York metropolitan area.



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