360° Panoramas by Ed Fink
50th ann. - 2009 UK Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 UK Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 US Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 US Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 Cliff Richard Club
50th ann. - 2009 German Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 German Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 London Exhibition
50th ann. - Johnny  Rogers' Report
50th ann. - 2009 Last Tour Pics 1
50th ann. - 2009 Last Tour Pics 2
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 1
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 2
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 3
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Clear Lake
50th ann. - 2009 Radio/TV Shows
50th ann. - Blackpool Q. Hotel
50th ann. - Cavern Club
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50th ann. - Nieuwkoop Holland
50th ann. - Liverpool Huyton
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50th ann. - More Liverpool pics
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50th ann. - Evang. Pressedienst
50th ann. -  Artikel aus Kleve
58th ann. - BHC Lubbock TX
60th ann. - 2019 Int. Press 1
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60th ann. - 2019 Int. Press 3
6 CD Buddy Holly Box-Set 2009
Aircraft Accident Report 1959
A new 10'' UK Buddy LP in 2009
A new 10" UK Buddy LP in 2010
A-Z  Buddy Holly & The Crickets
All Tour Dates 1
All Tour Dates 2
All Tour Programmes
Ariel Cyclone
Augury Of Buddy's Death
Austrian Buddy Tribute
Beatles' Letter To The Crickets
Beechcraft Fragments
Berlin 'That'll Be The Day'
Beverly Hills Auction 2010
Boudewijn Büch + Buddy
Buddy And Beyond Show
Buddy And The Cruisers
Buddy At Christmas
Buddy's Bio
Buddy's Birthday 2009
Buddy's Birthday Fan Trip 2009
'Buddy' Essen, 2009 (1)
'Buddy' Essen, MEH (2)
'Buddy' Essen, Vor-Premiere (3)
'Buddy' Essen, Off. Premiere (4)
'Buddy' Essen Bühnenbild (5)
'Buddy' Essen Offene Tür (6)
Buddy Fan David Agius, Malta
Buddy's  Mother Ella Holley
Buddy Holly En Español 1
Buddy Holly En Español 2
Buddy Holly En Español 3
Buddy Holly En Español 4
Buddy Holly En Español 5
Buddy Holly En Español 6
Buddy Holly En Español 7
Buddy Holly En Español 8
Buddy Holly En Español 9
Buddy Holly Photos
Buddy Holly In Solingen
Buddy Holly Timeline
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 01
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Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 03
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 04
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 05
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Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 11
Buddy Holly Trail 2016
Buddy In Birmingham 1958
Buddy Info Plus
Buddy In Liverpool 1958
Buddy + Hans On Air 2007
Buddy + Hans On Air  2008
Buddy Lyrics - A
Buddy Lyrics - B + C
Buddy Lyrics - D + E
Buddy Lyrics - F + G
Buddy Lyrics - H + I
Buddy Lyrics - J + K + L
Buddy Lyrics - M + N + O
Buddy Lyrics - P + Q + R
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Buddy Lyrics - U  -  Z
Buddy On TV
Buddy Rock & Roll Show
Buddy Song List
Buddy's Plans
Buddy Statue Essen
Buddy Statue Lubbock
Canadian Fan Brian Wilson
CD's Down The Line - Rarities
CD's Memorial Collection
CD "Buddy Holly Reloaded"
CD  "Gotta Roll"
CD "Hollybilly"
CD "Listen to me" - Germany
CD "Not Fade Away"
CD  “Ohh!  Annie!”
CD "Stay All Night"
CD "WDP Buddy Holly" El Toro
Clear Lake 2007
Clear Lake 2008
Clear Lake 2008 - Larry
Clear Lake 2008 - Bob
Clear Lake 2008 - Shannon
Clear Lake - NY 2008 - Ian
Clear Lake 2010 - Bob
Clear Lake 2010 - Ian
Clear Lake 2010 - Clive
Clear Lake 2011 - Mary Kay
Clovis 2010 -  Mary Kay
Clovis 2010 Preview
Clovis Music Fest CD
Clovis 2009 Preview
Clovis 2008 Preview
Clovis 2008 - Suzie
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 1
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 2
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 3
Clovis 2008 - Barry Holley
Clovis 2008 - John Mueller
Clovis 2008 - Johnny Rogers
Clovis 2007 - John Beecher
Clovis 2007 - John's Photos
Clovis 2007 - Sonny West
Clovis 2007 -  CNJ Reports
Clovis 2006/1 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/2 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/3 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/4 - Alan Clark
Coroner's Report 1959
Crash Headlines 1959
Crash Site Fan Pics 1
Crash Site Fan Pics 2
Crickets 60's Pics
Crickets Last Performance
Dan Springall's Story
Dave Slater's Tribute CD
Dave Travis - Buddy's Song
Dortmund - Albert Lee
Earl Sinks Story - Part 1
Earl Sinks Story - Part 2
Echo - Buddy's First Love
Elvis Fans Visit Lubbock
Every Day - DLP - France
Fan Memories - 1 Berndt (D) (1)
Fan Memories - 2 Andreas (D)
Fan Memories - 3 Mike (USA)
Fan Memories - 4 Joachim (D)
Fan Memories - 5 Alfred (D)
Fan Memories - 6 Robert (UK)
Fan Memories - 7 Berndt (D) (2)
Fan Memories - 8 Rob (Canada)
Fan Memories - 9 Vic & Jack (UK)
Fan Memories - 10 Jan (NL)
Fan Memories - 11 (various)
Fan Memories - 12 (various)
Fan Memories - 13 Alan (UK)
Gerd Alzen 40 J. Memory Hits
German Buddy Fan Eberhard
Geoff Ashford's Tribute Song
George Oblin Story
Gerd's Ritchie Cassettes
Green Bay - T. Allsup Proclam.
Hans & Maria Elena on TV
Holley Family Photos
Hollywood Star For Buddy
Ian Wood Videos
Jac's Cover Song List
Jac's Bio
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Jac's Cover Songs 3
Jac's Cover Songs 4
Jac's Cover Songs 5
Jac's Cover Songs 6
Japan CD - Rare
Jerry Naylor  1
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Jerry Naylor 3
Jerry Naylor 4
Jerry Naylor 5
Jerry Naylor 6
Jerry Naylor 2013
J.P. McDermott Story
Jump With Buddy Holly
Klaus - Crickets - Stars
Little Buddy Holly Photo
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Lubbock Photos 2006
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Lubbock Photos 2011
My Buddy Holly Collection 1
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My Buddy Holly Collection 3
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My Buddy Holly Collection 12
My Buddy Holly Collection 13
Nesman Interview 2003
Peggy Sue's Book
Postcards To Buddy
Quotes About Buddy
Remembrance Ad
Riverside Monument
Rock 'n' Roll Museum
Rollercoaster Buddy LP+CD
Running Man 2-3-2008
Surf Ballroom Clear Lake IA
Surf Ballroom Poster 1959
Surf Ballroom 2016
Taryn - A True Buddy Fan
The 1959 WDP Film
The Cover Girls
The Final Day
The Last Tour Exhibition
The Shadows About Buddy
The Wieners Tribute Band NL
Till All Times End - Play
Tim M. Otto Story - 1
Tim M. Otto Story - 2
Tribute To Buddy
Up Up And Away
Visiting Buddy 2002
Visiting Buddy 2007 - 1
Visiting Buddy 2007 - 2
Walk Of Fame - Bill Griggs
Worcester Memorial Pics
Young Fan Siobhan Daly
Xmas All Year Long
V. I. P. ' s





           Read the latest Buddy Holly News on Page # 6, link below !!

The latest Buddy Holly News on Page 6
                                                B H  NEWS  PAGE 6

               The new Buddy Holly CD started last week with chart position 14

                             and went up 2 places this week to position 12.

                              ( More than 59 years after Buddy's death ! )


     The new Buddy Holly CD with the The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be

                     released on the 16th of November 2018 in the UK.

© amazon UK

     Have a look at a very interesting video with MEH, LARRY HOLLEY, SONNY WEST

and others about this project.


                             News from the DECCA website :


                      © DECCA

                Thanks to Roddy, Frank, Peter and Lothar for letting me know !

                      © SURF BALLROOM


                                Thanks to Roddy for submitting the news !


  Peggy Sue was a friend of mine. We had chats together and she gave me

  her book "Whatever happened to Peggy Sue" with a personal dedication.

           She also wrote me the above friendly lines in my guestbook.

                                             I miss her.

Peggy Sue's Book


                        Name of the guitar:  " EARLY IN THE MORNING "



                                   Photo taken by Simon Godsave


          The Masked Rider - Texas Tech University - Lubbock TX


                                      © everythinglubbock.com

Submitted by Lothar

© 2008 LEPAA



Here is the link to  a very interesting website with information,
a video and tons of photos. You should check out this site, enjoy !

       (sent in by Lothar Pedd)

A  message  from Roddy Jordan,
Australia's  # 1  Buddy Holly  expert :


                                           Good Morning Friends

                                  Below is courtesy of Wayne Jones


Many thanks to Lothar for letting me know !


        Many thanks to Lothar, who sent me this link !



            It happened in 2011, when I read the news for the first time :



                                 $915,000. (as far as I know)



                       Sensational news about the Crickets, right ? ? ?


Sent in by Lothar

Out of a  sudden an up to date unknown photo of Buddy
  and Maria Elena's wedding appeared some days ago.

  My friend Lothar passed it through to me from Frank

   Merrison accompanied by the following question:

        " I've not seen this one before, have you ?

                Obviously Buddy's Wedding Day

                         but who is the girl ? "




  Poor quality, indeed, most of the photos we know have been "pimped".

    I did my very best to reduce the reflections at the right side bottom.

     Is there anybody out there having a knowledge about the unknown

                      young woman between Buddy and Jerry ?

                 John Pickering               Bill Pickering               Bob Lapham

Bob Lapham, 83, the last surviving member of the 1950s pop and rock 'n' roll vocal group The Picks, died on April 4, 2018. A memorial service and interment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at First Central Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Clifford Stewart and Dr. Janice Six officiating.

He was born Robert Hoy Lapham on Feb. 4, 1935, to Loren Robert and Gladys Marie Hoy Lapham in Abilene Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1953. He attended Texas Tech University, fall, 1953 to spring, 1958, studying engineering, business administration, and speech and dramatics. He was a Tech varsity golf letterman in 1953-54.

He married Mary Parker Garren of Wichita Falls on May 7, 1960, in Abilene. After spending six years in oil field supply with Continental EMSCO in Wichita Falls, Snyder and Abilene, he entered newspaper writing in 1966 as sports editor of the Brownsville (TX) Herald. He later worked for papers in Harlingen and Brownsville, was director of sports for The Brownsville Herald, Harlingen Valley Morning Star and McAllen Monitor, and finally sports editor for the Abilene Reporter-News. He gained four statewide AP and UPI writing awards, including sportswriter of the year for UPI in 1970. He was sports editor, news editor, special features editor and arts and entertainment writer during a 25-year span at the Reporter-News that began in 1975. He retired in 2000.

Lapham became a member of The Picks in 1957. The trio also included the late John and Bill Pickering. They were best known as the surreptitious voices of The Crickets on nine early Buddy Holly recordings, on which they arranged and sang the backup vocals that would help generate an estimated 52 million Holly records, LPs, tapes and CDs worldwide.

Over the span of 30 years, he wrote five books - "Twenty Years of Life Begins at Forty - The Story of a Unique Golf Tournament," a history published in 1973; two commissioned works - "What Made Wyatt Urp," the biography of C.D. (Toad) Leon (2001); and co-wrote "The Wild Blue...And Family Too," a biographical novel based upon the life of a retired Air Force officer- B-47 pilot (2008). 

"Meet Me at the River Buddy Holly," his first attempt at a novel in 2003, was partially and factually based upon his days as Holly's backup baritone, a job that was taken over by the late Waylon Jennings when Lapham and the Picks split in late 1957. They reemerged in 1984 to overdub their voices on mostly obscure early Holly recordings. His last book, the novel "Ethan's Keys", was published in 2009.

He was a former volunteer on the chaplain's staff at both Middleton and Robertson prisons. He was a former private VFR pilot.

Lapham is survived by his wife, Mary; of the home; a daughter, Cindy Bellamy and her husband, Gary, of Round Rock; sons Lance of Lincoln City, OR and John Mark of Abilene; granddaughter Victoria Bellamy of Round Rock; sister-in-law Barbara Lapham of Naples, FL and Harbor Springs, MI; nieces Katie Lapham Andrews of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Lauren Lapham Krieger of South Pasadena CA; together with grand-nephews Jacob and Teddy Krieger; and grand-nieces Beatrice Krieger and Norah Andrews; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved younger brother, Bill.

(c) (c) Written by Abilene Reporter-News on Legacy.com

       THE STORY OF THE PICKS (as sent to my by John Pickering)


                    GARY  THEROUX

     I'm in contact with Gary Theroux regarding his new project. Have a look and,

              if possible, send him some information or material, if required.

                                         Best wishes, HANS, editor. 

I’m Gary Theroux, the Emmy nominated and Billboard award-winning
writer-producer of the 52 hours “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” (Check me

out on Wikipedia.) Over my 20 years run as the Music & Entertainment
Editor of Reader’s Digest, I licensed quite a few Buddy Holly and The
Crickets tracks for inclusion in various RD direct mail albums. I have
just begun work on a TV special for 2018 which will salute key hitmakers
of the 1955-69 era via TV and film performances, audio interviews and,

most notably, home movies of the stars taken by fans – fans who will be
paid for the use of their color silent 8mm of 16mm film footage. Do your
or any of your fan club members have such footage of Buddy Holly & the
Crickets? If so, contact me at poprecordresearch@earthlink.net I can

also be reached at (203) 847-3085.


Yes, it is still relevant.  Buddy Holly is among the key 1955-69 artists we
plan to salute in our 90 minutes television special for A&E or HBO.  So far
we have assembled the following elements with which to salute Buddy:

  his performances of "Oh Boy," "Peggy Sue" and That'll Be The Day" on
"The Ed Sullivan Show," a few minutes of Norman Petty's home movies
plus audio interviews with Buddy conducted by Red Robinson and Alan
Freed.   We are still looking for any additional home movies of Buddy and
the Crickets plus any footage related to the plane crash with which we

can use to illustrate that part of the story.


By the way -- does anyone know what happened to Bill Grigg's Buddy

Holly archives?


All the best,

Gary Theroux

"The History of Rock 'n' Roll" 

     Just to let you know about a mail I received on the 23rd of February, 2018 . . .


       Hard to believe Ed Sullivan actually had a problem with "Oh Boy".

Oh Boy, Ed.

Anyway, Hi, uh, I'm Lesley...

this is my Twin Brother...

he and our dad made a song of homage for Buddy Holly...




it's Free to Download, anyone and everyone in the world is

welcome to a copy...

and feel free to tell folks about it on your Buddy Holly site,
or, sites...

you mention having a second one....but since they're both

yours, I only gotta mail you once.

So, we hope you enjoy the song, it's very, very, Buddy Holly.

As it should be.

Thank you and God Bless,

~Lesley Jane

sister to the Greatest Rock N Roller since, Buddy Holly

(He'll still tell you Buddy's the King, and, yeah, Buddy is the

King alright, Elvis schmelvis)

  My German brother in Buddy, Lothar, sent me this photo as seen on Facebook.

       You can see Buddy (marked) and Don Guess beside him on the right.

              Behind Buddy and on his left are Sonny and Dean Curtis.

                 In the lower left area is a black-haired lady with a hat.
                              It's Wanda Jackson. What a find!

              The pic was taken in 1956 in Nashville at the DJ Convention.

  © LIFE


                   Here's the message I received from German fan Lothar:

Well I don't think even Dylan fans would say he ever had 'a voice' - he's Dylan and that's how he sings.

Some even say that nobody sings his songs the way he does - (because) all others make a better job! 


                                                      Enjoy !

Buddy Holly Auction Dec 9th 1PM 2017

Mid-Hudson Galleries

The Collection of LeRoy Morford 1000’s of items in 500 lots.

Online at www.liveauctioneers.com and click on to

catalogue also at

Mail inquiries to mag2715jag@aol.com


Eagle Rock released the film Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story in digital formats on Friday (December 1st). We were sent the following details/synopsis: Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story, produced by 1515 Productions, explores Holly's life and story via interviews with those who knew and worked with him, as well as prominent music fans who were influenced by his work.

The film presents contributions from Jerry Allison (original member of The Crickets), Dion, Brian May (Queen), Don McLean, Paul Anka, Edna Gundersen (USA Today), Larry and Travis Holley (Buddy's brothers), and Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, as well as others.

Hailing from Lubbock, TX, Buddy Holly introduced a revolutionary take on melodies and rhythms that stretched beyond the traditional blues roots of Rock and Roll. In the 1950s age of solo stars, Holly led his pop group The Crickets with a songwriting approach that pushed pop music to new creative heights, as evidenced by his breakthrough hit "That'll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Everyday", and his other classics.

With his thick-rimmed glasses, lanky stature and "hiccupping" vocalizations, Holly presented a new, unique image and sound that cemented his status as an icon. Buddy Holly's life was tragically cut short in a plane crash in February 1959.

However, the musical imprint he left in the mere 18 months after the release of "That'll Be The Day" rendered him immortal.

His story deserves to be told again for a new generation, which Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story proudly delivers.

        I have lived in Dortmund since my birth.

        For about 45 years I have been a subscriber of the biggest

        Dortmund daily newspaper "RUHR - NACHRICHTEN".

        Today, November 16, 2017, this article caught my eye.

        55 years ago, in 1962,  the  BUDDY  HOLLY  CLUB  was

        founded in my hometown.

        The former members meet once a year and talk about the

        good old days. Guests are always welcome!

        Just to let you know.

        Cheers from Germany,  HANS


          © RN Dortmund 2017


          Another unknown photo of Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison.

                               Sent in by Lothar, who wrote:

                     Guess I've never seen this photo before !    

                Who  knows,  where  and  when  it  was  taken ?


                An outstanding photo of one of the heroes of my youth.

                              I've never seen this pic before.

                            I like it, I like it very much, gorgeous !

                      Posted by Lothar Pedd, thanx a lot, my friend !

                                             Just to let you know !





Buddy Holly (and The Crickets) Signed Contract for the Apollo Theatre Engagement (New York City, August, 1957) Including 2 Rare Vinyl Records: 45 RPM Signed by 3 Crickets on sleeve (Post 2/3/59) and 78 RPM  Coral Record signed by Peggy Sue.  Framed and ready to hang for the ultimate man cave Rock and Roll masterpiece.  Included are additional provenance items and COAs on front and back of frame.

Buddy Holly, like Elvis Presley, crossed racial and music genre lines alike in his ascension to Rock icon status. He charted on Billboard's Hot 100, Top R&B Singles, and Top Country Singles lists simultaneously, with his unique blend of Rockabilly, Country, and R&B undertones. One of his triumphs came when the Crickets toured as the only white act in a national tour of black venues, including the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The group performed for a week there about the time their first hit "That'll Be The Day" was debuting on the radio. It took a few days, but Buddy and Co. won over the mostly black crowd that week in an impressive tour de force. Offered here is the signed contract for the historic engagement, with Buddy signing for the group. One thousand dollars for the week doesn't sound so bad, but that was for the entire group, which at that time consisted of four members. Also included are three receipts for services by "Reid the Tailor" during the week. Buddy had to look his best -- Rock history beckoned!

I have had some of these items for sale before on both EBay and Heritage before deciding later that I simply couldn't part with them and wanted them for my personal collection.  Well, things change and unfortunately (for me) I have decided to put these one of a kind items for sale.  :-(  It is rare to find ANYTHING signed by the late great Buddy Holly, let alone a document to one of the most historic rock engagements in history.

Free shipping and insurance.

© ebay

Sent in by Lothar Pedd

Jeffrey K. Smith
                                                Jeffrey K. Smith

Nearly six decades have passed since a small plane crashed in a snow-covered field in north-central Iowa, killing three popular rock and roll entertainers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as their charter pilot, Roger Peterson. That tragic day, February 3, 1959, later immortalized in singer and song-writer Don McLean’s unforgettable ballad, American Pie, is often remembered as “the day the music died.”

Many music historians credit the origin of rock and roll to Bill Haley, a native of Chester, Pennsylvania. In 1954, Haley and his band, the “Comets,” recorded "Rock Around the Clock", which was featured on the movie soundtrack for "The Blackboard Jungle." The controversial film centered on the lives of teachers working in an inner-city, racially mixed high school. "Rock Around the Clock" was such a success that it remained Number One on Billboard’s pop music hit chart for an incredible 22 weeks (it was also the first rock and roll record to top the Billboard chart), and catapulted Bill Haley and the Comets to stardom. In like fashion, many of those same historians regard the sudden, unexpected death of Buddy Holly as the beginning of the end for the first generation of rock and roll music.

While Elvis Presley is widely acknowledged as the “king of rock and roll,” unlike Buddy Holly, he was neither an accomplished musician nor a prolific song-writer. In a professional career lasting just 18 months, Holly, either as a solo artist or in concert with his band, the “Crickets,” recorded 10 singles that ranked among Billboard’s Top 100 popular music songs (seven made the Top 40, three were in the Top 10, and one, "That’ll Be the Day," reached Number One). Holly and the Crickets also cracked the American rhythm and blues chart on 11 occasions (four made the Top 100, four were in the Top 40 and three made it into the Top Three)—a significant accomplishment for white performers of that generation.
Of perhaps greater significance, 27 records cut by Buddy Holly or the Crickets were among the Top 100 most popular songs in the United Kingdom (25 made the Top 40, nine were in the Top 10, and two climbed all the way to Number One). The distinction between singles released under the name of Buddy Holly and those credited to the Crickets is merely a legal formality, which will be later explained in greater detail. Regardless of the name of the artist or the record labels, Holly is always the lead vocalist, and in most cases, the lead guitarist. Holly’s singles’ discography, both in the U.S. and U.K. is located at the end of this book.

Holly’s influence on British music is indisputable, and his tour of the United Kingdom in 1958 profoundly shaped the careers of future rock and roll stars, like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. It can be argued that the so-called “British Invasion” of the early 1960s might never have occurred, or at least would have been delayed, absent Buddy Holly’s prior American Invasion. It is not mere coincidence that the first record cut by John Lennon’s pre-Beatle’s band, the Quarrymen, was Holly’s "That’ll Be the Day." In addition, the Rolling Stones’ first American hit was the cover of a Holly song, "Not Fade Away."
In less than two years, Holly not only demonstrated considerable gifts as a performer, but also was a prolific song-writer and budding record producer. Insisting upon creative control in the studio, Holly demonstrated remarkable facility with now-primitive recording technology available in the late 1950s. He soon mastered the techniques of overdubbing, echoing, and double-tracking. During stage performances, the Crickets’ original music line-up, featuring a lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass player, and percussionist, became the standard model for subsequent rock and roll bands. Holly was also one of the first rock and roll artists to use the famed Fender Stratocaster guitar to produce the genre’s now-familiar driving beat.

Holly was willing to employ instruments not considered part of mainstream rock and roll, such as the celesta and the organ. For the discerning listener, there are hidden gems in Holly’s tunes; drummer J.I. Allison tapping the knees of his blue jeans as the sole means of percussion in "Everyday," pounding an empty cardboard box instead of his drum set in "Not Fade Away," and playing rhythmic paradiddles in "Peggy Sue." Near the end of his short life, Holly pushed the rock and roll envelope, performing with a symphony orchestra. The aptly named “string session” produced unforgettable songs, including "It Doesn’t Matter Anymore" and "True Love Ways."

Buddy Holly’s voice is unique and easily-recognizable, with alternating falsettos, distinctive hiccups, and mesmerizing stutters. Who else could expand the pronunciation of the name “Sue” or the word “well” into six unforgettable syllables? Holly’s songs include driving rock and roll, like "That’ll Be the Day," "Oh Boy," "Peggy Sue", "Not Fade Away," and "Rave On," as well as gentler, romantic tunes, including "Maybe Baby," "Wishing," and "Everyday." Some of his songs, for example "Well All Right," are simple in construct, using only a rhythm guitar, bass, and the repetitive tapping of a lone cymbal as instrumentation.

Holly’s popular, yet easy-to-learn melodies, inspired a legion of followers, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Bob Dylan. In 1986, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Holly as Number 13 among its “100 Greatest Artists.” That same year, he became a charter member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Fame.

Lacking the flamboyance of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis or the sexy, movie star charisma of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly was akin to the boy-next-door. Nonetheless, Holly proved that a rock and roller wearing eyeglasses could generate a sound that made teenage girls swoon and inspired boys to hit the dance floor with their sweethearts. While Holly’s bespectacled face never graced the covers of teen magazines or appeared on the big screen, his music will last forever.

Buddy Holly’s musical career occurred at a time when many religious fundamentalists condemned rock and roll as crude, immoral, and even Satanic. Segregationists and racists crudely characterized rock as “Nigger Music.” These narrow-minded, misguided views were held by many citizens in Holly’s hometown. Not until years after his death did Lubbock, Texas finally begin to acknowledge and appreciate the musical genius of its most famous offspring.
The circumstances leading up to Holly’s untimely death are both sad and bitter. Believing that a significant portion of his song-writing royalties were being sequestered by his secretive, likely unscrupulous manager, producer, and early benefactor, Norman Petty, Holly was in dire financial straits, and felt it necessary to join the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour in early 1959, which culminated in his premature death.

What would the future have been like for Buddy Holly? He had plans to construct a studio to record promising young artists. He also wanted to establish his own record label and publishing company. Holly would have likely continued pressing the envelope of rock and roll and eventually explored alternative musical genres. These are among the great “what ifs” in musical history.

"Listen To Me: The Brief Life and Enduring Legacy of Buddy Holly" is a compelling story about a talented, innovative, and ambitious pioneer of rock and roll music.

AVAILABILITY: Paperback (June 10, 2017) and Kindle (June 17, 2017)

Source: © New Frontier Publications and amazon.com

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Enterprise Native Pens Book on Buddy Holly
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Dr. Jeffrey K. Smith went a bit out of his comfort zone, he said. After writing 12 books in his “Bringing History Alive” series — most of which have focused on political figures or major events — Smith, an Enterprise native, delved into entertainment and culture with the life of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly with the publication of “Listen to Me: The Brief Life and Enduring Legacy of Buddy Holly.”“I’ve just always been amazed by his musical genius and how relevant he remains on the music scene nearly six decades after his death,” Smith said. “I will say I probably had more enjoyment researching this book, traveling to various sites, than any book I’ve written so far.”Smith had a book signing featuring “Listen to Me” on Saturday at the Enterprise Public Library. Smith, who now lives in Greer, South Carolina, said his fascination with Holly began not with any of Holly’s songs, but with a song about him. When Smith was 10 years old in November 1970, the Don McLean song “American Pie,” which is about the plane crash that killed Holly and others in 1959 in Iowa, began its march up the charts. A few months later, “American Pie” was the No. 1 song in the United States. Smith said it was the first time he had heard of Holly, who died shortly before Smith was born, and he educated himself on the singer’s life. Holly’s career lasted about 18 months, but in that span he or he with his band the Crickets had 10 songs ranked in the Billboard top 100, Smith said. Holly also had 11 songs that made the rhythm-and-blues charts, which was rare for white performers at that time. Overseas, Holly had a huge impact as well, with 27 top-100 hits in the United Kingdom, Smith said. When Paul McCartney and John Lennon were in the pre-Beatles group the Quarrymen, the first song they recorded was a cover of Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day,” and McCartney now owns Holly’s songbook. Also, the Rolling Stones’ first hit song was “Not Fade Away,” another Holly tune. An argument Smith makes in his book is whether there would have been a British Invasion of rock music in the 1960s if Holly had not had the impact he had in the late 1950s, or if the Invasion would have been delayed. Smith said he had not come across an “A to Z” book on Holly’s life, so he decided to write one that covers the singer’s full life and influence. As part of his research for the book, Smith traveled to Iowa to the site of the plane crash, as well as Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas. He visited the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the venue Holly played in just before the fatal crash later that evening. Smith stood on the stage where Holly performed, as the ballroom is still used today as a concert site and museum and draws thousands of visitors each year. When Smith and his wife in early April visited the crash site — a marker is in a field where the plane went down — he thought they would be about the only ones there.“In the time that my wife and I walked the quarter of a mile down there to the memorial and back, we met 10 other people who were going to look at that crash-site memorial, which I thought was a tremendous testimony to Buddy Holly’s influence all these years later,” Smith said. The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock attracts about 35,000 to 40,000 visitors annually, Smith said. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, of which Holly was a charter member, requested an autographed copy of Smith’s book for its archives. Smith’s previous subjects he has written about have included the assassination of President John Kennedy, Gov. George C. Wallace, Apollo 11, President Grover Cleveland, and the atomic bomb. To learn more about Smith’s books, visit www.newfrontierpublications.net.

 Sent in by Lothar Pedd

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