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Buddy Holly

Who was he?

He was one of the great rock and roll songwriters of all time. His songs created a school and popularized the scheme of two guitars and a voice as protagonists, supported by bass and drums.

A pioneer of pop, he marked a style in which melody and arrangements took precedence over rhythm. He was the real link between the American rock and roll of the fifties and the British pop of the sixties.

Buddy Holly - Blue Days, Black Nights (1956)

Theme composed by Holly herself with Sue Parrish. It was the first song he released as a single. Although it sold 19,000 copies, it never made the charts.

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Charles Hardin Holley was born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. Since he was a child he sang with his family and studied piano and guitar. Along with two high school classmates, Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn, he started a country trio called Western and Bop. In 1955, after witnessing Elvis Presley's performance in Lubbock, their city, they decided to incorporate drummer Jerry Allison into the band and dedicate themselves to rock and roll. Months later, they performed with Bill Haley and the Decca label offered Holly a contract as a solo singer.

When was he recognized?

In 1956, he arrived in Nashville where he recorded four good songs, but sales failed and Decca abandoned the project. Back in Lubbock, he tried again with his friends Jerry Allison and Larry Welborn, and guitarist Nikki Sullivan. 

In 1957, they record at Norman Petty's studios in Clovis, New Mexico. They make new versions and are called The Crickets. While Holly proves to be a prolific and renowned author, Petty becomes their manager. 

The Crickets - That'll Be the Day (1957)

Theme composed by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty. It turned out to be a real hit when they played it on Ed Sullivan's TV show on December 1, 1957.

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Charles Hardin Holley was born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. Since he was a child he sang with his family and studied piano and guitar. Along with two high school classmates, Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn, he started a country trio called Western and Bop. In 1955, after witnessing Elvis Presley's performance in Lubbock, their city, they decided to incorporate drummer Jerry Allison into the band and dedicate themselves to rock and roll. Months later, they performed with Bill Haley and the Decca label offered Holly a contract as a solo singer.

When was he recognized?

In 1956, he arrived in Nashville where he recorded four good songs, but sales failed and Decca abandoned the project. Back in Lubbock, he tried again with his friends Jerry Allison and Larry Welborn, and guitarist Nikki Sullivan. 

In 1957, they record at Norman Petty's studios in Clovis, New Mexico. They make new versions and are called The Crickets. While Holly proves to be a prolific and renowned author, Petty becomes their manager. 

The Crickets - That'll Be the Day (1957)

Theme composed by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty. It turned out to be a real hit when they played it on Ed Sullivan's TV show on December 1, 1957.

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