John Wayne

John Wayne was the inspiration for Buddy Holly hit song covered by The Beatles


John Wayne’s character in The Searchers inspired Buddy Holly’s first big hit song that was covered by John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s early Beatles band.

Back in 1956, John Wayne starred in his most iconic collaboration with John Ford. The Searchers was shot in the filmmaker’s favoured location of Monument Valley in the Navajo Native American territory on the Arizona/Utah state line and the movie became a Hollywood classic. The story followed Duke playing a Civil War veteran who spends years searching for his abducted niece, who was played by Natalie Wood. In June of that year, a pre-fame Buddy Holly went to see The Searchers with his older brother Larry, Jerry Allison and Sony Curtis. And as they watched, there was one line of dialogue the leading man kept on saying.


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