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Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes: Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch)

(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Buddy Holly with the Three Tunes - the earliest Rock 'n' Roll recordings of Buddy Holly, done in 1955

​(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Buddy Holly with the Three Tunes - the earliest Rock 'n' Roll recordings of Buddy Holly, done in 1955

Following their success on record, Buddy Holly and The Crickets made many appearances on TV in the USA and in Great Britain — several of these were not live performances but mimed to their records, as was often the practice in both countries at the time. However, of the live recordings, several have survived: mostly as kinescopes (a system of filming the broadcast signal from a monitor in the TV studio). This album collects what remains of the live performances together with two of the lip-synch appearances, on the Dick Clark and Alan Freed TV shows.

The Crickets appearance on The Ed Sullivan Shots at 8pm on December 1st 1957 was probably the most exciting for the group. As it was their first nationwide appearance it was a major boost for record sales since it was probably the most popular show on TV at that time. The kinescopes of their performances of -That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue" were not seen again until 1976 when Ian Kimmen per-suaded the Sullivan Show producers to send them to London where they were shown to a small audience of Teddy Boys and rock'n'roll fans at The Castle pub in London On January 28th 1958 the Crickets were back on The Ed Sullivan Show to promote "Oh Boy". The original booking was for them to per-form two songs, but following a disagreement with Ed Sullivan during rehearsals, this was cut to one. It's fairly obvious from the surviving recording that the sound balance is unsatisfactory and that the group are trying to play as loud as possible to compensate for this. During their tour of England and Wales during February and March 1958, The Crickets made further television appearances. On March 14th they travelled to the BBC's Riverside Studios in London where their performance of -Maybe Baby" was filmed for later broad-cast. A short promotional film was also made. On March 27th the film of "Maybe Baby" was aired on BBC Television's Off The Record, host-ed by Jack Payne. Although the film was retained by the BBC. it was destroyed two years after the broadcast date. Fortunately off-air audio of the show survived thanks to two fans. Fred Porter and Tony Dodd, and this LP sees the first release of this recording. During their stay in New York for the Alan Freed Christmas Show at the Paramount Theatre, Buddy and The Crickets made a live appearance on The Arthur Murray Dance Party. This programme was notable for being broadcast in colour, which was not yet the norm for all US TV shows. The surviving kinescope, however, was in black and white. The film was purchased by Dick Clark in the 1970s and has been shown on TV many times, often described as being from American Bandstand.

On September 1st 1958 - some time after "Peggy Sue" and "Everyday" had been recorded - Buddy Holly made two short jingles on acetate for KLLL in Lubbock. These were played many times on the station and by the time safety copies were made in the 70s these suf-fered from severe surface noise. During an appearance with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers and others at the Dade County Auditorium, Miami, Florida on February 24th 1958, a backstage recording was made of Jerry Lee and Buddy singing part of the Ray Charles' hits "Drown In My Own Tears" and "Hallelujah I Love Her So". Reportedly. the tape was broadcast in 1958 by NNTRL. Florida. The quality of this recording is poor due to it being made on a battery, machine with considerable speed fluctuation, which we have done our best to correct. On March 2nd 1958 The Crickets appeared on ATV's Sunday Night At The London Palladium during their British tout The Crickets were obliged to appear early in the show as they were due to appear in concert at London's Gaumont State Theatre for two shows the same evening. They rushed from the first house to the Palladium, performed three songs, and tore back to the North London theatre just in time to close the second show. No official recordings or films were made of the Palladium appearance and the only surviving sound recording would appear to be that included here, which was preserved by Jack and Vic Chinn in the 1960s. We have again done our best to improve the sound but the original off- air recording was of poor quality.

By the time Buddy and The Crickets appeared on Alan Freed's Big Beat TV show (2nd October 1958) and Dick Clark's American Bandstand (28th October 1958) their fortunes had changed somewhat. Despite "It's So Easy" being a great Crickets record and the softer sound of "Heartbeat" reflecting a general mood in the pop charts away from raucous rock'n'roll, neither made the best-sellers in the USA and were not huge successes in the UK. Fortunately New York fan Val Warren taped both shows and although both are mimed to the records, we have the complete recordings here, including the interviews, just as they were heard back in '58. Only a couple of the many live concert performances made by Buddy Holly and The Crickets appear to have been recorded and so far none of those have been located. The recordings on this album give us some idea of how the group sounded in their heyday ....off the record and on TV and radio.

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  • Interpret: Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes

  • Album titlle: Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2008
  • Label ROLLERCOASTER

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl record size LP (10 inch)
  • Price code VLP5
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5012814020254

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Holly, Buddy - Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch) LP 1
01 That'll Be The Day (Ed Sullivan Show 1957) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
02 Peggy Sue (Ed Sullivan Show 1957) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
03 Oh Boy (Ed Sullivan Show 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
04 Maybe Baby (Off The Record 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
05 Peggy Sue (Arthur Murray Dance Party 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
06 Everyday (KLLL Lubbock, Texas) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
07 Peggy Sue (KLLL, Lubbock, Texas) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
08 Drown In My Own Tears/Hallelujah...(WTRL Brod Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
09 That'll Be The Day (London Palladium 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
10 Peggy Sue (London Palladium 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
11 Oh Boy (London Palladium 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
12 It's So Easy (Alan Freed, WNEW-TV 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
13 Heartbeat (Dick Clark, WFIL-TV 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
14 It's So Easy (Dick Clark, WFIL-TV 1958) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes
Buddy Holly Singer/songwriter/guitarist born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas in... more
"Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes"

Buddy Holly

Singer/songwriter/guitarist born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas in 1936. He was one of the most innovative and influential rock'n'roll artists, and the very first professional rocker to play a Fender Stratocaster. Backed by the Crickets – Niki Sullivan (guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (double bass) and Jerry Allison (drums) – he recorded his first hit, 'That'll Be The Day', at the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, New Mexico in 1957, following on with 'Peggy Sue', 'Oh Boy!' and others.

He had a promising career ahead of him when he was tragically killed in a plane crash on 2 February 1959 together with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986 in the first cohort.

 

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly was born on Sept. 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas, and christened Charles Hardin Holley. Lubbock's geo-graphical position meant that Holly would have heard hillbilly, Mexican and black music on the radio during his formative years, this cosmopolitan musical background was to prove vital to the versatility he latei displayed in his own work. As a youngster he took up the violin, but soon changed to guitar. He showed an early interest in C&W, and while still at school had his own show on KDAV, the local radio sta-tion. He was partnered by Bob Montgomery, and in 1954 they made some hillbilly demo records which were posthu-mously issued as Holly in the Hills. Together with bass-player Larry Welborn, Buddy and Bob would sometimes fill the 'local talent' spot when travelling package shows visited the area. As a result of this exposure, and with help from KDAV disc-jockey Dave Stone, Nashville agent Eddie Cran-dall and publisher Jim Denny, Buddy Holly was signed to Decca in 1956 to cut some singles in Nashville. Two were released without success, and before his contract with Decca was up Holly was beginning to look elsewhere, guessing that the option would not be renewed.

Although Decca handled Holly rather insensitively (i.e. no more nor less off-handedly than any other bright young hopeful) these early sessions did produce at least two Holly classics, 'Midnight Shift' and 'Rock Around With 011ie Vee', and Holly worked with musicians like Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison who were later to be involved in the Crickets. The tapes were eventually issued as That'll Be The Day. Allison and Holly had been schoolfriends, and had often played together as a drum /guitar duo. The limitations of this line-up helped forge their style, the smooth switch from rhythm to lead in Buddy's guitar-playing, the versa-tility of Jerry's drumming. In 1955, when the two started playing together professionally, it was still unusual to find drums in a country line-up. Soon after his last Decca session, Holly started working at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

Petty, who was also a middle-of-the-road band leader, was a pioneer of the small, independent recording studio, he was also unusual in that he charged per song rather than per hour, which put less pressure on musicians. Holly, Allison and Welborn, to-gether with a vocal quartet which included Cricket-to-be Niki Sullivan, recorded 'That'll Be The Day' and 'I'm Look-ing For Someone To Love' in February, 1957. Petty first submitted the songs to Roulette in New York, since they had already had hits originating from his studio with Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen. They weren't interested, but Holly and the Crickets were soon signed by Coral. The record made No. 3 in America and No. 1 in Britain, and was fol-lowed with almost equal success by 'Oh Boy' / 'Not Fade Away'. By this time, Joe Mauldin had become the Crickets' bass-player, with Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar. Before long Petty, who had quickly assumed a managerial position, began to record Holly solo as well as with the Crickets, though the musicians were often the same. Holly's first hit under his own name was 'Peggy Sue', late in 1957, followed in Britain by 'Listen To Me' and in both countries by 'Rave On' and the Bobby Darin number 'Early In The Morning' (by which time, mid-1958, Holly had begun to record in New York without the Crickets as well as in Clovis). After a British tour with the Crickets in that year, Holly married Maria Elena Santiago and moved to New York. The rest of the Crickets didn't want to make the move and so split from Holly. This was probably inevitable. Petty was trying to broaden Holly's career and one of the first results was to record him with the Dick Jacobs Orchestra (notably `It Doesn't Matter Anymore').

Holly's backing group on live . dates at this time included Tommy Allsup, whom he had brought into the Crickets earlier to play lead guitar (it is a mistake to assume that Holly fulfilled this role on all his records). Other notable musicians with whom Holly worked at this time were saxophonist King Curtis, and the young Waylon Jennings, whose first solo record, 'Joie Blon', was produced by Buddy Holly. Early in 1959, Holly's career was at a crossroads. In spite of the significant early impact both with the Crickets and as a solo performer, in spite of his own single-minded attitude towards success and the attempts he was making to create the basis for a long career, there was little in strict commercial terms to suggest (except with hindsight) that he was any different from many other rock performers of the time. It is, of course, inconceivable that, had he lived, he would not have risen further from the pack and still be accorded the respect that his prolific few years have so justly earned for him. He died on February 3, 1959, together with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper soon after taking off from Mason City airport in Iowa, en route between package-tour concerts in Clear Lake and Fargo. His current record, 'Heartbeat', was barely making an impact on the Hot Hundred. The first posthumous release, 'It Doesn't Matter Any-more' PRaining In My Heart', was a huge hit in both Ameri-ca and Britain.

And in Britain a series of processed tapes put out by Norman Petty kept him in the charts until the mid-Sixties, while an album of his best-known tracks was still in the Top Ten of the budget-price charts ten years earlier. Buddy Holly said 'We owe it all to Elvis'. Countless stars of the Sixties owe a similar debt to. Holly. He was one of the two great singer / songwriter /musicians of the pop Fifties (the other being Chuck Berry). He was a pioneer of the subse-quently-standard two guitars/ bass / drums line-up, and of double-tracking. Almost anything that a pop song can say was said by the twenty-two-year-old Buddy Holly nearly two decades ago.

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Holly, Buddy - Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch) LP 1
01 That'll Be The Day (Ed Sullivan Show 1957)
02 Peggy Sue (Ed Sullivan Show 1957)
03 Oh Boy (Ed Sullivan Show 1958)
04 Maybe Baby (Off The Record 1958)
05 Peggy Sue (Arthur Murray Dance Party 1958)
06 Everyday (KLLL Lubbock, Texas)
07 Peggy Sue (KLLL, Lubbock, Texas)
08 Drown In My Own Tears/Hallelujah...(WTRL Brod
09 That'll Be The Day (London Palladium 1958)
10 Peggy Sue (London Palladium 1958)
11 Oh Boy (London Palladium 1958)
12 It's So Easy (Alan Freed, WNEW-TV 1958)
13 Heartbeat (Dick Clark, WFIL-TV 1958)
14 It's So Easy (Dick Clark, WFIL-TV 1958)