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The Best Of - Buddy Holly
Member Name: millergirl
The Best Of - Buddy Holly
Date: 05/09/01, updated on 21/12/01 (762 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic music with great staying power
Disadvantages: His life was too short therefore his music was cut short
My love affair with Buddy Holly started at about the same time as that of my love affair with a certain ginger haired young baker!
Okay let me tell you a bit of my history and then I’ll tell you his story. My Dad was a fairly traditional father figure and when I first met the aforementioned baker there had to be a good reason for us wanting to be in the back room rather than with my family in the lounge. Well we wanted to listen to Buddy Holly of course! I had four older brothers and one of them, like my baker, was a fan so records were always to hand. Actually we were listening one evening when my fella remarked that he’d owned that record once but had lent it to someone he had only met a few times (stupid or what) turned out it was my brother and he was listening to his own record!
Now about Buddy Holly or Charles Hardin Holley as he was born in Lubbock Texas on 7th September 1936. He loved music from an early age and took to playing the guitar as a boy, playing traditional country music, and then as many a modern day teenager does he got a group around him. Sorry if this makes you think about your own failed ventures, but it was having a go that mattered wasn’t it? Oh, sorry you really did want to be rich and famous, whoops, well maybe you will make it on ‘instrumentalist stars’ the TV series, it’s only a matter of time!
Now his first performances didn’t exactly bring the house down but his music did not take long too really take off. He first performed with two friends called the Two-Tones and later and much more famously with the Crickets. Buddy Holly wrote or co-wrote a lot of his music and it really was new in all ways, he had his own style and people loved it.
He recorded "That’ll be the Day" in February 1957 and it was to be his first big hit and to this day is one of the songs that he is best remembered for. Now at this time I was only five but the oldest of my b
rother was fifteen and played his music. So from a very young age it was becoming a fan, sublimely at first! So when my baker came along it didn’t take much to rekindle my interest in his music when I discovered he was keen on him. To put it into connect, it was take an interest in his musical taste or his love of football, for me no contest!
Back to Buddy I hear you cry, well it is incredible to think that he only really performed rock and roll for two years yet he has left such a legacy. He had numerous hits with the Crickets but he split from them over a disagreement about his personal life. Buddy met Maria and proposed marriage to her on their first date, two weeks later in August 1958 they were married! This was at the root of his fall out with his backing group so he went it alone.
Now to his songs, I will not list all of his songs but see how many of these you know:
That’ll be the Day
Raining in my Heart
Peggy Sue Got Married
True Love Ways
It’s so Easy
Crying, Waiting, Hoping
It’s too Late
Not fade Away (maybe you will know the Rolling Stones version?)
Learning the Game
Think it Over
Brown eyed hansome man
Heartbeat (yes the one they use on the TV prog.)
There are plenty more but the last one I want to mention is:
"It doesn’t Matter any More" written by Paul Anka
This was the last recording Buddy made before his untimely death and became a hit after his death. Buddy Holly was doing some shows with Ritchie Valens and the Big Boppa and to save time Buddy hired a light plane to get them to the next show early.. Thinking this would give them space to relax before they all had to perform again, I guess it seemed a good idea at the time, hindsight, where would we all be with it? So on 3rd February (my big brother’s birthday) they took off from Iowa a
nd crashed a few moments later.
All three stars and the pilot were killed. Buddy’s wife Maria was pregnant at the time and sadly she miscarried. She did later remarry and go on to have a family of her own.
I do wonder where he would have taken his music if he had lived a normal life span. Would he have fizzled out after a few years, or gone on changing his music with the times? Well we will never know.
To know what was different about his music really requires you to go and listen to some. If you’ve got some in the back of a cupboard dig it out and play it, (if you still have a record deck!) maybe you’d do better to ask some aged relative! There are now lots of CDs available with ‘best of ‘ and greatest hits’ etc you may well find them in the cheapie collections, take a look it’s worth it.
Stuck for an idea for a last minute Christmas present, well how about a Buddy Holly CD you may revive a lot of memories for someone or introduce them to Buddy for the first time.
Buddy Holly's music just allowed young people to express themselves in a new way, things haven’t changed that much really have they it is just the sound that is different.
Now I wouldn’t expect you to take my word alone (although you can trust me you know!) but think about this.
1. How many dead recording stars have shows written about them and performed on the London stage? At the moment the show “The Buddy Holly Story” is in it’s 12th year in London, not bad eh, and I still haven’t been to see it.
2. The fantastic Don McLean song, (recently covered by Madonna) “American Pie” written in memory of Buddy Holly, do you remember it “…the day the music died”
3. What about Paul McCartney? What about him you ask, well he had the foresight to buy all the rights to Buddy Holly songs, so he must have thought they had
So my recommendation to you is give him a listen, I’m certainly enjoying him singing away to me as I write this.
I think I can hear you wondering too, “Whatever happened to that ginger haired young baker?” Well we listened to a lot of music and he proposed after our first date too (true) actually I laughed as I assumed he was joking.I also wondered if it was an elaborate plot to get his record back! It wasn’t but I made him wait till he proposed again a couple of months later that was 31 years ago so hey he like Buddy is here to stay!