History Music / BuddyHolly

4th Sep '15 11:03:46 AM Scabbard
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Born Charles Hardin Holley, '''Buddy Holly''' (September 7, 1936 -- February 3, 1959) was a tragic pioneer of RockAndRoll, and one of the three musicians whose death became known as The Day the Music Died.. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, into a family where almost everybody played an instrument and sang CountryMusic. He got his nickname Buddy as a child. He started learning piano and guitar at 11, and was influenced by country & western, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, and the music of his church. He formed a band with his best friend Bob Montgomery, and got a gig at a local radio station, adding bassist Larry Welborn and drummer Jerry Allison. There he heard, and covered, the first rock songs, just as they were coming out in 1954 and '55, before rock became mainstream.
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Born Charles Hardin Holley, '''Buddy Holly''' (September 7, 1936 -- February 3, 1959) was a tragic pioneer of RockAndRoll, and one of the three musicians whose death became known as The Day the Music Died..Died. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, into a family where almost everybody played an instrument and sang CountryMusic. He got his nickname Buddy as a child. He started learning piano and guitar at 11, and was influenced by country & western, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, and the music of his church. He formed a band with his best friend Bob Montgomery, and got a gig at a local radio station, adding bassist Larry Welborn and drummer Jerry Allison. There he heard, and covered, the first rock songs, just as they were coming out in 1954 and '55, before rock became mainstream.
17th Feb '15 1:56:26 PM Mdumas43073
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In late '56, in need of a fresh start, he contacted independent record producer Norman Petty. Norman advised him to go back home to Lubbock, and put together a band and some songs. Buddy formed the Crickets in early 1957, with Jerry, rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan, and bassist Joe B. Mauldin. They recorded a new version of "That'll Be The Day", and a BSide, "I'm Looking For Someone To Love", at Norman's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. These demos landed Buddy two contracts, with Brunswick as The Crickets, and with Coral as a solo artist. (Ironically, both labels were Decca subsidiaries.) Brunswick finally released "That'll Be The Day" in May, and it took a couple of months to take off. Meanwhile, Buddy and the Crickets recorded more songs at Norman's studio. The bulk of Buddy's most famous work was recorded at these sessions, between February and July 1957.
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In late '56, in need of a fresh start, he contacted independent record producer Norman Petty. Norman advised him to go back home to Lubbock, and put together a band and some songs. Buddy formed the Crickets in early 1957, with Jerry, rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan, and bassist Joe B. Mauldin. They recorded a new version of "That'll Be The the Day", and a BSide, "I'm Looking For for Someone To to Love", at Norman's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. These demos landed Buddy two contracts, with Brunswick as The Crickets, and with Coral as a solo artist. (Ironically, both labels were Decca subsidiaries.) Brunswick finally released "That'll Be The the Day" in May, and it took a couple of months to take off. Meanwhile, Buddy and the Crickets recorded more songs at Norman's studio. The bulk of Buddy's most famous work was recorded at these sessions, between February and July 1957.

In New York, he made many plans: An album with Music/RayCharles, a gospel album, a country-rock album, a new home for his parents, a studio in Lubbock, maybe even a career in movies. He also made some home demos, known today as the Apartment Tapes, in December '58 and January '59. Meanwhile, the last single released during his lifetime, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining In My Heart", from the New York orchestral sessions, came out on January 5.
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In New York, he made many plans: An album with Music/RayCharles, a gospel album, a country-rock album, a new home for his parents, a studio in Lubbock, maybe even a career in movies. He also made some home demos, known today as the Apartment Tapes, in December '58 and January '59. Meanwhile, the last single released during his lifetime, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining In in My Heart", from the New York orchestral sessions, came out on January 5.
17th Feb '15 1:55:17 PM Mdumas43073
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* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles are the ones most credited with changing that, but they were following the Crickets. (Incidentally, a cover of "That'll Be the Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. And the Fabs would go on to cover Holly's "Words of Love" on ''Beatles for Sale'' years later.)
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* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles are the ones most credited with changing that, but they were actually following the Crickets. (Incidentally, a cover of "That'll Be the Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. And the Fabs would go on to cover Holly's "Words of Love" on ''Beatles for Sale'' years later.)
17th Feb '15 1:54:40 PM Mdumas43073
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"That'll Be The Day" was their first big hit. They hired Norman as manager, and set off on tour in August 1957. As they toured, more singles from the Clovis sessions were released, including the hits "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!", and after a new session to fill it out, the album ''The "Chirping" Crickets''. They played on ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' and ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', and were international stars by the time they came back home in December. Niki left at this point, sick of touring, and the Crickets continued as a trio. They toured Australia, Britain, and America again in early 1958. Meanwhile, the Clovis sessions produced more singles, including the hit "Maybe Baby". A session in New York produced the hit "Rave On!" and filled out his next album, ''Buddy Holly''. Decca cashed in on his success by releasing his mediocre work from 1956 on the album ''That'll Be The Day'', which would turn out to be the last album released during Buddy's lifetime.
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"That'll Be The the Day" was their first big hit. They hired Norman as manager, and set off on tour in August 1957. As they toured, more singles from the Clovis sessions were released, including the hits "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!", and after a new session to fill it out, the album ''The "Chirping" Crickets''. They played on ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' and ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', and were international stars by the time they came back home in December. Niki left at this point, sick of touring, and the Crickets continued as a trio. They toured Australia, Britain, and America again in early 1958. Meanwhile, the Clovis sessions produced more singles, including the hit "Maybe Baby". A session in New York produced the hit "Rave On!" and filled out his next album, ''Buddy Holly''. Decca cashed in on his success by releasing his mediocre work from 1956 on the album ''That'll Be The the Day'', which would turn out to be the last album released during Buddy's lifetime.

* ''That'll Be The Day'' (1958)
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* ''That'll Be The the Day'' (1958)

* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles are the ones most credited with changing that, but they were following the Crickets. (A cover of "That'll Be The Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. The Beatles would go on to cover Holly's song "Words of Love" years later.)
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* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles are the ones most credited with changing that, but they were following the Crickets. (A (Incidentally, a cover of "That'll Be The the Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. The Beatles And the Fabs would go on to cover Holly's song "Words of Love" on ''Beatles for Sale'' years later.)
17th Feb '15 1:52:43 PM Mdumas43073
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* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles changed that, but they were following the Crickets. (A cover of "That'll Be The Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. The Beatles would go on to cover Holly's song "Words of Love" years later.)
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* The self-contained band that wrote its own songs. Previously, agents known as "Artists and Repertoire", or A&R men, would hook up singers with songs, and instruments were played by session musicians. Music/TheBeatles changed are the ones most credited with changing that, but they were following the Crickets. (A cover of "That'll Be The Day" was the very first song recorded by the Quarry Men, the Beatles' precursors. The Beatles would go on to cover Holly's song "Words of Love" years later.)
11th Jan '15 5:19:09 AM Patachou
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"That'll Be The Day" was their first big hit. They hired Norman as manager, and set off on tour in August 1957. As they toured, more singles from the Clovis sessions were released, including the hits "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!", and after a new session to fill it out, the album ''The "Chirping" Crickets''. They played on ''AmericanBandstand'' and ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', and were international stars by the time they came back home in December. Niki left at this point, sick of touring, and the Crickets continued as a trio. They toured Australia, Britain, and America again in early 1958. Meanwhile, the Clovis sessions produced more singles, including the hit "Maybe Baby". A session in New York produced the hit "Rave On!" and filled out his next album, ''Buddy Holly''. Decca cashed in on his success by releasing his mediocre work from 1956 on the album ''That'll Be The Day'', which would turn out to be the last album released during Buddy's lifetime.
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"That'll Be The Day" was their first big hit. They hired Norman as manager, and set off on tour in August 1957. As they toured, more singles from the Clovis sessions were released, including the hits "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!", and after a new session to fill it out, the album ''The "Chirping" Crickets''. They played on ''AmericanBandstand'' ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' and ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', and were international stars by the time they came back home in December. Niki left at this point, sick of touring, and the Crickets continued as a trio. They toured Australia, Britain, and America again in early 1958. Meanwhile, the Clovis sessions produced more singles, including the hit "Maybe Baby". A session in New York produced the hit "Rave On!" and filled out his next album, ''Buddy Holly''. Decca cashed in on his success by releasing his mediocre work from 1956 on the album ''That'll Be The Day'', which would turn out to be the last album released during Buddy's lifetime.

In New York, he made many plans: An album with Ray Charles, a gospel album, a country-rock album, a new home for his parents, a studio in Lubbock, maybe even a career in movies. He also made some home demos, known today as the Apartment Tapes, in December '58 and January '59. Meanwhile, the last single released during his lifetime, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining In My Heart", from the New York orchestral sessions, came out on January 5. He agreed to headline a package tour with J. D. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and Dion and the Belmonts. He put together a new Crickets, with Tommy Allsup, and a couple of aspiring young Lubbock musicians: WaylonJennings on bass, and Carl Bunch on drums. The Winter Dance Party tour, beginning on January 23, 1959, was a miserable experience. They played every night, and when they weren't on stage, they were riding a bus through the middle of winter in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Bus after bus broke down, leaving them stranded in the cold. The Big Bopper caught a cold, and Carl Bunch got frostbite and had to go to the hospital. Clothes didn't get washed, and nobody got any rest. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, more than 400 miles lay between them and the next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota. Buddy decided to charter a plane for himself and his band, which would give them time to rest and do the laundry. The other musicians found out about the flight, and begged for a ride. The Big Bopper got Waylon's seat, and Ritchie Valens got Tommy's.
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In New York, he made many plans: An album with Ray Charles, Music/RayCharles, a gospel album, a country-rock album, a new home for his parents, a studio in Lubbock, maybe even a career in movies. He also made some home demos, known today as the Apartment Tapes, in December '58 and January '59. Meanwhile, the last single released during his lifetime, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining In My Heart", from the New York orchestral sessions, came out on January 5. He agreed to headline a package tour with [[Music/TheBigBopper J. D. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Ritchie Valens, Richardson]], Music/RitchieValens, and Dion and the Belmonts. He put together a new Crickets, with Tommy Allsup, and a couple of aspiring young Lubbock musicians: WaylonJennings on bass, and Carl Bunch on drums. The Winter Dance Party tour, beginning on January 23, 1959, was a miserable experience. They played every night, and when they weren't on stage, they were riding a bus through the middle of winter in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Bus after bus broke down, leaving them stranded in the cold. The Big Bopper caught a cold, and Carl Bunch got frostbite and had to go to the hospital. Clothes didn't get washed, and nobody got any rest. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, more than 400 miles lay between them and the next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota. Buddy decided to charter a plane for himself and his band, which would give them time to rest and do the laundry. The other musicians found out about the flight, and begged for a ride. The Big Bopper got Waylon's seat, and Ritchie Valens got Tommy's.

* GriefSong: None by him, but several about him, most famously Music/DonMcLean's "American Pie".
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* GriefSong: None by him, but several about him, most famously Music/DonMcLean's [[Music/AmericanPie "American Pie".Pie"]].
26th Dec '14 7:47:21 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* AscendedExtra: Waylon Jennings, the Crickets bass player, would go on to become and extremely influential country star.
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* AscendedExtra: Waylon Jennings, the Crickets bass player, would go on to become and an extremely influential country star.
26th Dec '14 7:47:05 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* AscendedExtra: Waylon Jennings.
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* AscendedExtra: Waylon Jennings.Jennings, the Crickets bass player, would go on to become and extremely influential country star.
3rd Jul '14 12:03:41 AM Tonestronaut
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Moving Trivia to Trivia tab.
* ThePeteBest: Bob Montgomery, Larry Welborn
8th Jun '14 9:07:18 PM Anorgil
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* Dying too soon, leaving everyone to wonder [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what might have been]].
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* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Dying too soon, soon]], leaving everyone to wonder [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what might have been]].
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