I first heard of Buddy Holly after he passed. I was in a record store in the mid-60s in Stonestown, San Francisco and came upon 'The Buddy Holly Story'; album and became fascinated with the liner notes of this and other Holly LPs in the Holly section. I read about how this young artist wrote and sang dozens of songs with a dozen or more hits before passing at the age of 22. I was familiar with the big hits like 'That'll Be The Day' but never realized all the other tracks , some of which producer Norman Petty fashioned with backing from sparse 'apartment tapes' and other odds and ends that Holly left behind.
I would learn later that Holly was still a star in in England years after he
passed with all these posthumous releases. What a great version of 'Love Is Strange' with string backing from another Petty group, the Fireballs, plus so many others... Crying, Waiting , Hoping... Wishing,... Fool's Paradise... There were other full songs like 'Reminiscing' with the great sax solo, which somehow missed the top of the charts. Then there were those beautiful New York sessions with Buddy's strings accomplished while he was still with us, early '59... Raining in My Heart, Moondreams and especially the most beautiful ballad of them all, 'True Love Ways.' There were many more that Holly wrote and sang from the heart, not a loser among them...'mailman, bring me no more blues'... the Fats Domino tune, the Frogman tune. the Diddly tune, the Berry tune...Buiddy could write as well as cover...
I would join Bill Griggs great Holly Association and have many a great discussion with him . I even made it to Clovis, New Mexico to see the place where Holly recorded 90% of his music. All very surreal for me. If there are true geniuses and other-wordly ' people Holly was one of the theose.
I always felt sad about his passing, though it was before I really knew of him. I wished he were still around and putting out more songs. Where would he have gone with his career? Quite far, I'm sure. I love that Holly, who some used to describe as atypical rocker but today somehow fits in well and is remembered and revered more than many more recent artists.
Thanks Peter Asher for putting together the latest Holly tribute, 'Listen To Me.' If you haven't seen or heard be sure to check out your latest TV PBS listings for live performances from several of the originals who worked Holly including tje great Phil Everly, Paul Anka ('It Doesn't Matter Any More' ) and later artists like Asher, himself, who recorded 'True Love Ways' with partner Gordon and Graham Nash, who actually named his group, the Hollies after Holly! Newer artists still revere the man. It's beautiful...
BUDDY HOLLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - NEW HOLLY CD,LUBBOCK, CLOVIS , KDAV
There can't be too many tributes to Holly. His music is so good it's hard to go wrong so we welcome this new one. One day we'll have to go back and remember all the previous ones...
So, here are some great clips to enjoy as we celebrate Buddy Holly's birthday, today, tomorrow, always.... Well, alright!
Holly doing 'Peggy Sue,' one only three original Holly videos left to us, recording from 1968 Arthur Murray Dance Party(?)
Rare early footage of Holly along with Elvis and other artists on tour, circa 1955
New Tribute album from Peter Asher, featuring artists such as Paul Anka, Chris Isaac, Phil Everly, Brain Wilson, Jeff Lynne and newer artists
If you get a chance tune in to KDAV, the station in Lubbock where Holly cut his teeth... still going strong and playing at least a Holly song an hour... Here's some more from the new CD 'Listen To Me.' Celebrate with Holly'ls hometown Lubbock, Texas and Clovis, New Mexico , where Holly recording 95% of his music; festivals are underway in both places.