MILTON-FREEWATER -- Remembering Buddy Holly is the theme of Oldies Night at the Library at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Albee Room of the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave.
The program will include recordings by Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, plus a generous sampling of remakes and tributes.
The 53rd anniversary of plane crash which killed Holly, Valensand the Big Bopper, along with their pilot is Feb. 3.
Twelve years after the crash musician Don McLean dubbed it "the day the music died" in his song, "American Pie."
But Holly's music survived him.
He was a major influence on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and other British groups in the 1960s. Linda Ronstadt had hits with Buddy Holly songs in the 1970s. The Hollies recorded an entire album of Buddy Holly songs in the 1980s.
An assortment of artists, including Los Lobos, the Band, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band charted with a Buddy Holly tribute album in the 1990s.
Last year, to mark what would have been Holly's 75th birthday, two more tribute albums appeared, with artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Fiona Apple, Brian Wilson, and Zooey Deschanel performing Holly songs.
There is no charge for admission. For more information, call 541-938-8246.