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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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Alternatively (LP, Red Vinyl) Buddy Holly: Alternatively (LP, Red Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPBE129

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(Bullseye-El Toro Records) 12 Tracks - To commemorate 60 years since his death, El Toro Records brings you this album containing a dozen of Buddy Holly’s biggest songs from 1955 to 1958…but in alternative versions, many of them reissued...
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(Charly Records) 48 Tracks - Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Buddy Holly & The Picks - 1956-1959!
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(Sleazy Records) 24 Tracks - Nice little box set containing 6 45rpm EPs with picture sleeves and liner notes. Limited Edition (550) February 3, 2019 will mark the 60th death anniversary of the great Buddy Holly, one of the best and most...
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(Decca Records) 12 Tracks - Buddy Holly's original vocals artistically prepared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! A sound pleasure on heavy vinyl!
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(1986/MCA GB) 4 Stereo versions - Picture Sleeve - Limited Edition Buddy Holly was born on September 7th, 1936. In 1986 he would have celebrated his 50th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, here are two of Holly's biggest hits,...
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(Decca) 12 tracks (29:38) with 12 page photo booklet. Hello Buddy Holly and Cricket fans everywhere, First, I would like to express my personal gratitude to you all, for your resolute devotion over so many years, in supporting the music...
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The Very Best Of Buddy Holly (2-CD) Buddy Holly: The Very Best Of Buddy Holly (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD5305721

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Heartbeats - The Original Recordings (2-CD) Buddy Holly: Heartbeats - The Original Recordings (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD382934

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(Delta Leisure) 55 tracks incl. 2 bonus tracks from Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper
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Words Of Love (CD) Buddy Holly: Words Of Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CD448720

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Rave On - The Very Best Of Buddy Holly & The Crickets (3-CD) Buddy Holly & The Crickets: Rave On - The Very Best Of Buddy Holly & The... Art-Nr.: CDSPEC2048

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(Decca Spectrum) 79 Tracks - 12 page color booklet!
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Greatest Hits (LP) Buddy Holly: Greatest Hits (LP) Art-Nr.: LPVP80013

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(Vinyl Passion) 19 tracks - all tracks recorded between 1957 and 1959
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Love Songs (CD) Buddy Holly: Love Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CD01717

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(MCA RecordS) 20 tracks inclusive True Love Ways, Moondreams, What To Do and more
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The Rarities Collection 1957 - 1959 (CD) Buddy Holly: The Rarities Collection 1957 - 1959 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPLAT521

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(Prism Leisure) 19 tracks including Well...All right, Ting-A-Ling, Words, Forever and many more
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From The Original Master Tapes (CD) Buddy Holly: From The Original Master Tapes (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA5540

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​(MCA Records) 20 tracks Compiled and remastered the by Steve Hoffman. Digitally remastered from the original Stereo and Mono first generation masters.
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Countrywise (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Buddy Holly: Countrywise (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11014

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - Limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder • 10inch LP (limited edition - colored vinyl) in our 11000-series. • Extremely rare Dutch 10" album release from 1965. • At...
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(MCA) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1958 'Coral' LP - Originally sealed album
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The Buddy Holly Story - Original Motion Pictures Soundtrack (CD) Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story - Original Motion... Art-Nr.: CD4654472

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(1989/CBS) 11 tracks
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The Real Buddy Holly Story (LP) Buddy Holly: The Real Buddy Holly Story (LP) Art-Nr.: LPLG60006

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(Live Gold) 18 tracks, live recordings, interviews, overdubs and tribute songs
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Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes: Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP,... Art-Nr.: LPROLL2025

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(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...
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That'll Be The Day (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Buddy Holly: That'll Be The Day (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LP772161

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(2017/Wax Time) 13 Tracks - 180g vinyl limited edition! Reissue of the original 1958 Decca album plus bonus tracks! All tracks originally recorded 1956-1958! Includes the early 1956 version of 'That'll Be The Day'!
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Giant (CD) Buddy Holly: Giant (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCLACD307

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(1992/Castle) 10 tracks - "A lot of time slipped by before this album could be released, because of problems - both legal and technical - to be solved. Far more sophisticated equipment is now available, of course, and was used. And it's...
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The Best Of Buddy Holly (2-LP) Buddy Holly: The Best Of Buddy Holly (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPD775

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(All Round Trading) 23 tracks - Original recordings - Mastered in Germany
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The Best Of Buddy Holly And The Picks (CD) Buddy Holly: The Best Of Buddy Holly And The Picks (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPLAT518

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(Prism) 20 tracks, recordings 1957-1959
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The Buddy Holly Story Vol.2 (CD) Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD709902

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(2011/Hallmark) 12 tracks, original recording
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Buddy Holly: A Biography Buddy Holly: Buddy Holly: A Biography Art-Nr.: 00084464

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Gebundene Ausgabe - 422 Seiten - Ramboro Books PLC - 1995 - Englisch The tragic, bittersweet story of the founder of American rock 'n' roll and one of America's greatest rock heroes "This is the comprehensive book all Buddy Holly fans...
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The Legendary Buddy Holly (CD) Buddy Holly: The Legendary Buddy Holly (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPWKS523

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​(1989/Pickwick) 14 tracks
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For The First Time Anywhere (CD) Buddy Holly: For The First Time Anywhere (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA31048-C

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(1983/MCA) 10 tracks AAD 1955-58 In 1956, an unknown singer named Buddy Holly signed with Decca Records and traveled to Nashville to record. Two singles were released from those sessions. Both were commercial failures. Soon therafter,...
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Forever 22 (2-CD) Buddy Holly: Forever 22 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSMD293

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The Best Of Buddy Holly (CD) Buddy Holly: The Best Of Buddy Holly (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPWSK595

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(1987/Pickwick) 14 tracks
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The Real Buddy Holly Story (CD) Buddy Holly: The Real Buddy Holly Story (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLG60006

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A Special Collection (3-CD) Buddy Holly: A Special Collection (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBOXD26

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Oh Boy, This Is Buddy Holly (CD) Buddy Holly: Oh Boy, This Is Buddy Holly (CD) Art-Nr.: CD6188462

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They Died Too Young - Buddy Holly by Tom Stockdale Buddy Holly: They Died Too Young - Buddy Holly by Tom Stockdale Art-Nr.: book_6753

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Gebundene Ausgabe - Parragon Plus- 78 Seiten - Englisch Quiet Beginnings Charles Hardin Holley was born on 7 September, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. (The more familiar 'Holly' spelling is the result of a mistake on Buddy's first recording...
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My Greatest Songs (CD) Buddy Holly: My Greatest Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCD18345

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(1991/MCA) 14 tracks - liner notes by Colin Escott LINER NOTES On the surface, there was little about Buddy Holly that see-med to qualify him for musical stardom. His family lived in Lub-bock, Texas, on the edge of the de-sert—hundreds...
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Baby Let's Play House (LP, 10inch) Buddy Holly: Baby Let's Play House (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2024

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(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Ever since his appearance in April with Elvis Presley at Lubbock's Fair Park Coliseum, Buddy Holly's career has been on the up and up. He recently recorded for Decca Rewords in Nashville and those in the know...
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The Very Best Of Buddy Holly (2-CD) Buddy Holly: The Very Best Of Buddy Holly (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDARC136

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(1993/Arcade) 30 tracks - digitally rematered
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Collected (3-LP, 180gram Vinyl) Various: Collected (3-LP, 180gram Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV1419

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(2015/Music On Vinyl) 57 tracks, inlay, 180g Vinyl.
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Memories Of Buddy Holly - Compiled by Jim Dawson and Spencer Leigh Buddy Holly: Memories Of Buddy Holly - Compiled by Jim... Art-Nr.: 0008030

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(1996/Big Nickel) Jim Dawson & Spencer Leigh, Paperback, 168 pages, 17x23 cm, english, rare b&w illustrations. - The compilers have put together the ultimate tribute book to one of Rock & Roll's greatest pioneers, with quotes from Ella...
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Greatest Hits (CD) Buddy Holly: Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA11536

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(1995/MCA) 18 tracks - Digitally remastered from the original masters. Full length liner notes & credits.
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Ohh! Annie! - The 1956 Sessions (2-CD) Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes: Ohh! Annie! - The 1956 Sessions (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3056

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(2007/Rollercoaster) 43 Tracks (5 unissued) - 36 page booklet with notes by John Ingman and previously unpublished photographs! Nearly all of the 24 studio tracks were sourced from the original quarter- inch tape masters and restored....
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That Makes It Sound So Much Better! - With The Jack Hansen Combo (CD) Buddy Holly: That Makes It Sound So Much Better! - With The... Art-Nr.: CDROLL3060

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(2011/ROLLERCOASTER) 16 tracks (27:12) Gatefold digipac with 36 page booklet and numbered Fan-Club membercard. Remastered 1958 Sessions with the Jack Hansen Combo and the Ray Charles Singers. Buddy Holly fans will be familiar with the...
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The Chirping Crickets (CD, Longbox) Buddy Holly & The Crickets: The Chirping Crickets (CD, Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDMCA31182

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(1987/MCA) 12 Tracks - Their first album 1958! Sealed stock copy!
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