Episode: Sep. 07, 2008: The Writer's Almanac
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Sunday's Poem: "Parting," by Emily Dickinson. Sunday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of singer and songwriter Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas, in 1936. By the age of 13, Holly was playing what he called "Western Bop" at local clubs. He was 19 when an agent discovered him and signed him to a contract with Decca records. The following year, Holly returned to Lubbock and, with three friends, formed The Crickets, who then released "That'll Be The Day," which sold over a million copies. Buddy Holly's career was short: He died in February of 1959 in a plane crash in northern Iowa. Soon after, an English band that admired The Crickets decided to call themselves The Beatles...