B U D D Y   H O L L Y   N E W S   ( 7 )

The  latest  news  always  on  top,  as  usual.

Here you go to 6 pages of my BUDDY HOLLY NEWS on my 'old' website:


( You start with page # 1, click on NEXT at the rockbottom and so on )


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© The Hollywood Reporter 2021

Thanks to Lothar Pedd for letting me know.

Good News from 

John Beecher's Rollercoaster Records

"Magic" Chris Hopkins has done it again:

Do you remember ?

In 2011 many of us, me too, acquired this CD.

On the 27th of January, 2021, Rollercoaster Records added this to their website:

HOLLY, Buddy: That Makes It Sound So Much Better! CD Album Disc

THIS UPDATED RELEASE IS FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL RELEASE ............... NOTE THAT THIS IS THE CD ONLY WITH NO PACKAGING TO UPDATE YOUR EXISTING PACKAGE! See separate listing for a copy of this CD with the original CD packaging.......................... We have added new improved mixes and additional versions of the original tracks, PLUS the new version of Peggy Sue Got Married ... reuniting The Crickets with Buddy Holly for the first time since 1958. Buddy Holly with The Jack Hansen Combo: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - CD version. Buddy Holly's 'apartment tapes' are well-known, particularly the six songs he wrote in December 1958 and recorded on his Ampex 401A tape-recorder. These were heard first in the overdubbed versions produced by Jack Hansen in 1959 and 1960. Many fans prefer Buddy's original guitar and vocal demos to the later overdubbed versions. But the Jack Hansen versions - using some of New York's finest session musicians, who were never really a Combo - are still the ones that most fans remember. There were many flaws in the overdubbing, emphasised by the fact that Buddy Holly never envisaged the tracks he made being used to create commercial releases and thus did not stick to strict tempo timing. And the equipment used to mix the original 3-track tapes was primitive compared to today's computer-based technology. Modern technological advances have enabled us to remix the tracks and errors in timing have also been corrected by producer Chris Hopkins. Chris spent many hours on each track, creating the best versions you will ever hear of the six recordings. All have been remixed into mono and stereo versions ... you will hear instruments you never heard before and the overall quality will surprise you! The CD comes with a 36-page illustrated booklet with full details about the recordings and the re-mastering process. 2020 remix master Note that tracks are arranged so that the songs can be played without the count-ins and studio chatter.

© Rollercoaster Records 2021

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Many thanks to John and Chris for making this happen !

Remembering Joe B. Mauldin

On the 8th of July 1940 Joseph Benson Mauldin was born in Lubbock TX

He died in Nashville TN on the 7th of February 2015

R.I.P. ,  Joe B. !

© 2021 Motorhome Craic, Ireland



© Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock TX

Thanx to Jochen Rehberg from Portugal for letting me know !

About The Upcoming WDP Documentary


Sevan Garabedian, Frankie Sardo, Jim Mc Cool (SURF 2010)

Photo by kind courtesy of © Nancy Dunshee

More about Sevan Garabedian and Jim Mc Cool here:

The guys had a real "long distance run". It started in 2006.


I'll keep my fingers crossed !


© Jon Bream, Star Tribune 2021

© Jon Breame, Star Tribune 2021

My good friend and ardent Buddy Holly Fan Jochen Rehberg 

just sent me this link about the Surf Ballroom:


Danke, Jochen !


© Matters Ballroom

If you look closely, you will find "Buddy Holly & The Crickets" 

in the middle column almost at the end.

© Johnny Rogers

In July, Buddy & The Crickets were part of the Summer Dance Party tour in the Midwest USA. 

One  of  their  venues  was  the  Matters  Ballroom  in  Decorah,  Iowa.  ( July 9, 1958 )


A photo was taken there that is in the possession of my good friend Johnny Rogers. 

Johnny is a great musician and absolute Buddy Holly fan. Look at his page on my site.


And Johnny played the Matter Ballroom and the Surf too remembering our mutual Buddy.

He appeared on stage with my friend Tommy Allsup, both had a lot of fun.

He gave me written permission to post the photo on my website on January 8, 2021.

Thank you very much, my buddy Johnny ! 

Peter Fraser-Dunnet has been known for many years as a Buddy Fan with a talent for colouring 

black and white photos. He also did this for this photo, for which I thank him very much!

. . . and for all of you, who'd like to see 2 more Buddy photos from that day :


BAD  NEWS  IN  2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the managers of the Surf Ballroom

have cancelled the upcoming Winter Dance Party in February. 


Good News In 2020 !

© Variety Media 2020


Thanks to Lothar for letting me know !

A  TV  Classic  In  HD  !

'Peggy  Sue'  looks  better  than  ever 


Thanks to my pal Roddy Jordan from Australia for letting me know !

Ray  Rush  Of  The  Roses  Passed  Away

From  the  Norman  Petty  Studios  on  the  7th  of  July,  2020 :

Bill Bailey,  Ray Rush,  Bo Clark,  Robert Linville,  David Bigham  1957

Sad news to report that RAY RUSH of The Roses has passed away

in a nursing home in Texas due to Covid-19. He was 83.

Rest In Peace, David !

Sad news to report that RAY RUSH of The Roses has d away in a nursing home in Texas due  was 83.

Fonz has done it again !

Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Peggy Sue Colourised

Arthur Murray Dance Party


On YouTube you can see Buddy's TV appearance at the Arthur Murray Show colourised by Fonz Chamberlain.

Here's a screenshot from the black and white version.

Frank Merrison from the UK sent in the info with a comment:

(Thanks to Lothar Pedd for kindly forwarding the email to me)

 " I'm sure I've seen the original black and white version in better and sharper quality (?) "

Editor: In my humble opinion, the subsequent processing may have led to a small loss of quality.

Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Peggy Sue Colourised

Ed Sullivan Show



On YouTube you can see Buddy's first TV appearance at the Ed Sullivan Show colourised by Fonz Chamberlain.

The  Buddy  Holly  Hall - Lubbock TX


© LEEPA on facebook, 2020 



Sent in by Frank Merrison ! 

Where was this photo taken? 

It is said to have been taken in January 1958. 

I'd appreciate any information you can give me.


More  about  the  Hologram  Tour

Do  you  remember ??

The last message on the 'old' website in BUDDY HOLLY NEWS 6 was about the Hologram Tour, 

which is currently going through England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. 

Personally I was and am not happy with the pictorial presentation of my idol Buddy Holly. Every Buddy Holly fan can see

that this is not Buddy Holly, neither in appearance nor in movement. Why this project was approached so blue-eyed remains

a mystery to me.

More and more videos are appearing on the internet, which offer a foretaste of what visitors 

can expect for a high entrance fee of over 80 € per person.


On 10-28-2019 the tour will stop in Essen / Germany, at the Colosseum Theater. 

Exactly there, where I had a joint performance on German TV with Maria Elena Holly in 2009.

Me (in the middle) in 2009 with the 'Buddy Holly Crew' in Essen - Germany.

One of the autographs MEH wrote for me in front of the TV cameras. 

Me with Maria Elena Holly on German WDR TV.

She came because of the kick - off for the musical "BUDDY, die Buddy Holly Story" by Alan Janes.


Some videos about the tour available on YouTube









You'll find a lot more links on the internet, keep searchin' !