We open this week with a short clip from one of the greatest American movies of all time, “The Searchers” from 1956.
John Wayne mentioned the phrase “That’ll be the day” several times in that film.
Buddy Holly saw the movie with some of his bandmates and they were inspired by the Duke. So they used the term as the title for their very first hit record in 1957.
Holly died in a plane crash in an Iowa field on Feb. 3, 1959. He was 22.
Linda Ronstadt did a version that was a track on a Grammy winning album in 1976.
The single went to #11 on the Billboard chart and clearly moved Ronstadt away from country rock.
That video was from 1977.
We fast forward.
Ronstadt was the focus of a CBS News piece in late 2014.
Ronstadt turned 72 last Sunday.
This is the most recent newspaper article about her.