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February 4, 2012
Words Of Love - Buddy Holly.
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1,936 -- February 3, 1,959) known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1,936, in Lubbock, Texas Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Elder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll." His works and innovations inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, and Bob Dylan, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. Holly was amongst the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1,986. In 2,004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".
Holly saw Elvis Presley sing in Lubbock in 1,955 and began to incorporate a rockabilly style with Chet Atkins style lead guitar, strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass into his music. On October 15 he opened the bill for Presley in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout. Holly's transition to rock continued when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local show organized by Eddie Crandall, the manager for Marty Robbins.
He thereafter adopted the misspelled name for his professional career. Holly formed his own band, later to be called The Crickets and consisting of Holly (lead guitar and vocalist), Niki Sullivan (guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums). They went to Nashville for three recording sessions with producer Owen Bradley.
Following this performance Decca Records signed him to a contract in February 1,956, misspelling his name as "Holly".However, he chafed under a restrictive atmosphere that allowed him little input. Among the tracks he recorded was an early version of "That'll Be The Day", which took its title from a line that John Wayne's character says repeatedly in the 1,956 film, The Searchers.
Decca released two singles, "Blue Days, Black Nights" and "Modern Don Juan", that failed to make an impression. On January 22, 1,957, Decca informed Holly that his contract would not be renewed, insisting however that he could not record the same songs for anyone else for five years.
Note: Five years later the Beatles performed fifteen songs that were recorded at their audition for Decca Records on 1 January 1,962 (three Lennon/McCartney compositions and twelve cover versions)." Crying, Waiting, Hoping" by Buddy Holly was one of the fifteen songs on the DECCA recording/audition. Makes you wonder if those at Decca had any clue what they were doing turning down Buddy Holly and the Beatles. Can you imagine what music would have been like in 1,962 if Buddy Holly had met the Beatles.
On May 27, 1,957, "That'll Be The Day" was released as a single, credited to the Crickets to try to bypass Decca's claimed legal rights. When the song became a hit Decca decided not to press its claim. "That'll Be the Day" topped the US "Best Sellers in Stores" chart on September 23 and was the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November. The Crickets performed "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue" on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 1. They also sang "Peggy Sue" on The Arthur Murray Party on December 29 and were given a polite introduction by Kathryn Murray. The kinescopes of these programs are the only record of their 1,957 television appearances.