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Girl with velvet voice puts quirky spin on Buddy Holly song
This girl puts on a one-girl band to cover one of Buddy Holly's iconic songs and it couldn't be more perfect.
Jessica Adler
01.10.22

“Everyday” has always been one of Buddy Holly’s well-known works, and it’s always a welcome treat to the ear whenever it gets covered.

Especially when it’s as quirky as this.

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The video starts with a young girl in curls counting the cue to the music. She’s holding a ukulele, an instrument that would always make any song into a good vibes track.

Early in this video, we already know that it’s going to be a pick-me-upper.

The video cuts to a woman holding a guitar, and while the clothes are different, we can all see that this is the same girl we saw earlier.

She’s switching things up.

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As the video cuts to another person, we see an odd-looking instrument that looks like a retro space-age sound generator.

It’s an Omnichord.

This is an instrument made by Suzuki that gives out whimsical piano-like sounds. And yes, it’s also played by the same talented person.

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Meet Allison Young

Followed by over 107,000 people in her YouTube channel alone, is a musician hailing from Tennessee.

She’s well known for giving quirky treatments to famous hits like “Creep” by Radiohead a rock staple in the ’90s; “Dreams” from Fleetwood Mac, which became recently popular with a skateboarder on cranberry juice; and “Shi-boom (Life Could Be A Dream)” by The Chords, which was used in various scenes depicting idealized versions of life.

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The video’s got over 700K views.

She’s a one-girl band playing a feel-good, knee-slapper originally sung by Buddy Holly.

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Will she measure up?

Buddy Holly is considered to be one of the greatest artists of his time.

So it’s not surprising that his songs are given new life by various artists, especially those that they influenced whether directly or indirectly.

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Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas.

He was raised in a time and place where the music he was brought up on had a major impact on his playing style and tastes.

From gospel music to country, to rhythm and blues, Buddy Holly’s style would set the foundations for rock and roll in the 50s and 60s.

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Opening for Elvis

After opening for Elvis Presley, the future king of rock and roll, Buddy Holly got signed but that opportunity quickly came and went.

His career really took off when their trio, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, began to come together on their own.

As a band, they brought innovations to the music industry. Especially regarding creative use of the studio to produce sounds beyond the techniques of that time.

While they created their iconic tracks like “Not Fade Away,” “Peggy Sue,” “Listen to Me,” and the song Allison covered, they camped out in the studio for days at a time.

They were the first band to record in this manner.

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Buddy Holly’s story ended in tragedy.

Following their fallout with their manager, Holly had to pick up performances to make ends meet.

He attended the Winter Dance Party of 1959 where he and his co-headliners Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (also known as J.P. Richardson) lost their lives in a plane crash.

This event was immortalized by Don McLean in his 8-minute track “American Pie” in a line “The day the music died.”

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Allison Young - YouTube

But through new artists and new appreciation, Buddy Holly’s legacy finds new life.

Joining Allison Young, artists like Florence and the Machines, Black Keys, and Lou Reed made their interpretations of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits.

See Allison’s quirky take on “Everyday” in the video below!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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