MOST people have their own opinion on where the genius of pop music began. If you ask my dad, it’s Marc Bolan. If you ask me, it’s Morrissey. But if you asked Morrissey he’d probably side with my dad and say it was Bolan.

So let’s listen to some experts here who cite Buddy Holly as the man who started it all. Brian May even says he “changed the world”.

There were only 18 months between Buddy Holly topping the charts with That’ll Be The Day and his terrible death in a plane crash, aged just 22. In that short time he moved the world into the rock ’n’ roll era. Before that, says Don Everly, “everything was black and white”.

We hear tributes and memories from May, Everly, Paul Anka and Don McLean, whose American Pie lyric “the day the music died” refers to Buddy Holly’s early death. It seems it isn’t all down to Morrissey.


THIS drama, which began last week, proves that you just can’t please everyone, especially not in the age of Twitter.

Reaction to the show seemed to be split between those who were pointing out that its feisty heroines struggling for freedom and equality were historically inaccurate, and those who were demanding more colonial girl power.

The women were being shipped to Virginia to become wives to those men who had gone ahead to plant in the New World. They were being sold into sexual slavery.

They were not fiery feminists in the making. There were no placards and marches out in Virginia. But that would be unpalatable to the modern viewer, so the historic reality gets ignored and instead we get feisty gals showing the men who’s boss.

It’s a recurrence of that tough, feisty attitude tonight which results in accusations of witchcraft against Verity.