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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Buddy Holly / Audio CD released 2002-09-02 at Commercial Marketing

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      09.11.2010 20:35
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      Buddy Holly....long gone, but never forgotten!

      The Best Of Buddy Holly is largely, what I'd basically call a collection of his best known recordings. I do believe that this collection has been reissued many times over the years...more recently on CD, as I can clearly recall owning the very same selection of songs on vinyl as far back as the early 1970s - the picture on the sleeve was the same as that on the current CD.

      Despite having been on sale for almost 40 years, it wasn't until 1996 when The Best Of Buddy Holly showed its face in the UK album charts, reaching a seriously modest no.24 in December of that year.

      Buddy Holly in my opinion was an exceptionally gifted songwriter, and although his voice wasn't by any means the best, his very distinctive sound - both musically and vocally - has shone brightly through the corridors of pop music history. It is possible that at least some of the admiration he has received, together with his legend status, could have arisen from his very untimely demise in a plane crash in February 1959 (in which his travelling companions Big Bopper and Richie Valens also lost their lives) aged just 22, but I feel we have to look at the enormous influence he was having on youth prior to his death, to realise that had he lived, he possibly could have gone onto bigger things.

      Had Buddy lived, it's my own and possibly wrong feeling that he simply would have 'gone country' rather than absorbed the influences from the beat movement which was happening all around him in Greenwich Village, New York, where he chose to live with his new wife Maria Elena not too long before his death - I don't see Buddy growing his hair, trekking down to San Francisco and becoming an acid shop poet or a sandal and flower-wearing hippie - nor can I envisage him having taken the stage at Las Vegas and wearing tight white sparkly catsuits like Elvis did. Buddy Holly and Elvis to me, although they shared a rock & roll era superstar status during the 1950s, were worlds apart at root, and were completely different kinds of performers. I feel certain Buddy would have done SOMETHING though - as said probably in the C&W field - as a songwriting force as powerful as his would never have chosen to lie fallow.

      Without Buddy Holly's enormous influence on the Fab Four, would The Beatles have hit the big time in the way that they did? Of course it's impossible to say, but there's no doubt that - and according to their own admissions - Buddy Holly was almost the single largest driving force for John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison when they were learning guitar and scribbling their own songs in their mid-teens.

      For the most part, this album contains the songs of Buddy Holly that we all know best, yet it's strange that aside from Peggy Sue which reached no.6 in the UK singles charts in 1957, Rave On making it to no.5 in June 1958 and at the time of his death, It Doesn't Matter Any More hitting the number one spot, then into the early 1960s Reminiscing, Brown-eyed Handsome Man and Bo Diddley posthumously making it into the top ten, none of the other tracks on this album reached Britain's top ten singles charts. (NB: For some strange reason, Bo Diddley doesn't appear on this album which I'm reviewing).

      The Best Of Buddy Holly is an excellent selection of his material, but omits what for me is some of his very best work. I find it odd that the album contains the lesser known tracks such as Midnight Shift, Wishing, Learning The Game and Reminiscing, yet (for instance) doesn't include Crying Waiting Hoping or Ready Teddy....two of Buddy's absolute gems which I am disappointed have in this instance been overlooked. I guess the excuse given may be that of space restraints on a CD, but this collection of tracks as it stands is comprised of songs that are all less than 2:50 minutes long, so surely it wouldn't have been so difficult to include a wider diversity of Buddy's material?

      Essentially, Buddy Holly began as a rockabilly artist, who like so many other white performers from the south-east corner of the USA, was greatly influenced by pre-rock & roll music such as blues, boogie-woogie, R&B etc. (people like Big Joe Turner), and he cleverly incorporated these influences into his music, yet still kept it sounding "white" - NB: Please everybody don't take that as a racist comment, as it isn't in the slightest. I am merely examining where Buddy Holly was coming from as a singer/songwriter/performer, and what the outcome was.

      It's very difficult for me to pick a favourite track from this particular collection of Buddy Holly material, but when push comes to shove, I'd probably opt for what I refer to as the 'Peggy Sue saga'. The track, which was originally called 'Cindy Lou', has always had an air of mystery about it - who was 'Peggy Sue'? Some say that she, in the form of Cindy Lou, was an ex-girlfriend of Buddy's, but I have no idea as to whether that analysis by many rock/pop journalists over the decades is truth or speculation. The track Peggy Sue has that classic, soft, continuously rolling drumbeat behind Buddy's very gently strummed guitar, yet Peggy Sue Got Married (which is my joint favourite on this album) is somewhat different in that has more of a 'pop-ish' sound and is less mesmerising - just as good though.

      My least favourite track on this collection - and I can honestly say it's the ONLY Buddy Holly track that I dislike out of all his material, including that which doesn't appear on this album - is True Love Ways. I realise that it's his very best liked track by many, many people, but it just doesn't do it for me. Firstly I find it a surprisingly weak song for such a gifted songwriter; secondly I feel that Buddy's voice is completely unsuited to it and thirdly, I hate the instrumental accompaniment. Maybe it would sound a little better if it were just Buddy and the Crickets, without the added violins and muted cornet (I think it's a cornet!!). I don't think Buddy's talent laid comfortably with penning a slushy love song - I feel he was much better at the other, high-school type stuff when it came to all things romance-orientated, but my favourite works of his are those rock'n'roll flavoured or rockabilly laced pop songs. I just wish this album had included a couple of the songs which I mention way up above - things like Crying, Waiting, Hoping.

      There are some people who tell me they can't abide Buddy Holly, and to me that is just as much of a mystery as to why some people hate The Beatles - what is there to hate about either of them? That's just me and my opinion though.

      Despite lacking some of Buddy's best material, this CD I feel contains a valuable representation of his fantastic work - remember he was only aged about 18 or 19 when he wrote much of this material - and would proudly grace any music collection. Buddy's 1950s music is now more than 50 years old, and a lot of the tracks on this album have gone down as all-time standards.

      I can't believe there's anyone out there, of whatever age, who isn't to some degree extremely familiar with at least one or two of Buddy Holly's songs even if they don't know it's Buddy Holly (a bit like people loving the song Have I Told You Lately, believing it to be a Rod Stewart composition and are gobsmacked when they learn it's a Van The Man song). If you love Buddy Holly yet don't have any of his music, or if you have a vague idea as to who he is (or not!) and want to know more, you can purchase this collection of one of the greatest songwriters of all time's work.

      At the time of writing, The Best Of Buddy Holly can be purchased on Amazon as follows:-

      New: From £2.70 to £58.24
      Used: From £1.13 to £14.86
      Collectible: £5.00 (only one copy available at the moment)

      A delivery charge of £1.24 should be added to the above costs, although one or two Amazon sellers are offering free delivery.

      Alternatively, just to get a feel of the man if you don't already have one, why not scout around on YouTube? There are many vintage clips of Buddy Holly & The Crickets performing their classic stuff live - don't let the black & white, grainy appearance of the film put you off - remember...these clips are more than half a century old. Also, Buddy and his band didn't shake their hips like Elvis, or beat hell out of their piano with their feet like Jerry Lee Lewis....nor was he sex on legs like Ricky Nelson - but he and his band gently and truly ROCKED!!!

      Thanks for reading!

      ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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        07.11.2010 08:34

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        Without a doubt, buy it!

        Buddy Holly, the man whom many consider the founder of Rock n Roll as we know it today, including me...he inspired millions around the World, including many of the greatest and most influential bands in history, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and by listening to this wonderful collection you may begin to see the reasons why.

        This CD is a collection of 20 songs by Buddy and it really is a fantastic collection and is put together very well, with a fantastic running order that works excellently.

        From the best known songs such as "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby" to the less known but equally fantastic "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Think It Over" and many more, this CD really shows off the quility of Buddys music over such a tragically short life and career.

        What amazes me about Buddys music, especially in the likes of "True Love Ways" and "Everyday" is the pure maturity behind the lyrics for a man so young in his years. You can certainly hear the love he felt for his wife...(True Love Ways was actually recorded in the presence of his wife).

        But it's not all love songs with Buddy, after all, he is considered one of the founding members of Rock N Roll...and with songs such as "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "Rave On" it's easy to understand why.

        For a mere £4 on the internet, this CD is certainly worth a purchase, to hear the roots of Rock N Roll and to listen to one of the best song writers in history.

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        20.12.2009 16:38
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        charming

        The world was robbed of a great musical talent when Buddy Holly died in a plane accident at an early age. His all too short career was just beginning to blossom, but his legacy lives on and there are various Buddy Holly albums on the market. This one is a good as any, comprising eighteen tracks.

        'That'll Be The Day' kicks us off with a flourish, Buddy's vocals are keen and youthful and the chorus will have you nodding in approval. If you ignore the lyrics about the 'dying' bit, it is a rousing tune.

        When he hooks up with his Crickets he really excels. I love the jaunty rhythm of 'Oh Boy' which is an old fashioned love song wrapped up in a brisk exhilarating melody. There is a wonderful guitar solo mid way through which lifts the mood to exciting new levels. If you liked this, then 'Maybe Baby' delivers more of the same, less intense yet just as endearing. I can imagine this being played while canoodling in the back of a sports car.

        'Peggy Sue' remains one of Holly's most memorable tracks, a bright and controlled vocal starts the track. He seems to dance around the guitar with a yearning in his voice. The sentiments are sincere and the song sounds very personal, which makes it all the more charming.


        'Rave On' has echoes of Elvis and a delightful bluesy feel about it. I can imagine teenagers dancing to this in a ballroom, swinging their hips. Less instant than the aforementioned but more rewarding when you dip into it again. There is a lovely tinkly piano in this which is quirky.

        For something more understated, 'Peggy Sue Got Married' sees Holly revisiting old territory with his Peggy Sue girl, only this time the vocal is calmer and more considered and there is a gentle sadness in the vocal. On a similar keel, 'Wishing' is a slower affair, where he sings of stealing hearts away and dreaming of holding his love tight. The lyrics might be sickly, but his delivery is slick and agile.

        This is a nostalgic and charming album, well worth the three pound price tag.

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        03.05.2008 09:49
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        Rock n Roll Forever!

        Although I'm a bit of a golden oldie fan at the best of times, Buddy Holly is still a bit before my time. But his music and his artistic talent was so brilliant that loads of people from my generation (and later even) love his music even if it is considered to be dated nowadays.


        Buddy Holly was born Charles Holley in 1936 in Texas but was known by his middle name Buddy. The only reason he became Buddy Holly (without the 'e') was because of a mistake the office girl made when she was sorting out his first music contract with Decca records! So he remained Buddy Holly for the duration of his career, like a kind of stage name.


        Buddy was best known playing alongside 'The Crickets' (Joe, Jerry and Niki) who were his band. They had huge hits with "Peggy Sue", "Rave On", "That'll Be the Day" and "Oh Boy". They're all really great rock n roll classics even by modern standards. If you like songs like "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley or "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets then you'll probably like Buddy's songs too.


        In fact Buddy shot to fame really quickly in his late teens and played alongside both Elvis and Bill. He also got swept up in a whirlwind romance with a woman called Maria who he proposed to the first time he took her out on a date. She thought he was kidding but two months later they got married and stayed together! Buddy was very driven by his career despite this distraction though and this led to his falling out with his band mates.


        It wasn't long after this fall out took place that Buddy bordered a private jet alongside The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens during a solo tour without his Crickets. Unfortunately, it was on 2nd February 1959 that the same plane crashed down near a lake leaving all three dead. Thanks to Madonna, I realise most people these days are pretty familiar with "American Pie" which was originally sung by Don McLean. He wrote in tribute to this terrible accident.


        Buddy's widow was pregnant at the time of his death but the stress caused her to miscarry a few weeks later which was of course desperately sad. The music lived on for a few years after Buddy's demise though thanks to a load of previously unreleased material. Despite his hectic touring schedule while he was alive, Buddy had spent plenty of time in the studio which meant his record label had ample supplies to release after his death.


        So despite only being in the public eye for just a few years, and dying at a youthful 22 years of age, Buddy Holly's career actually kept going for about a decade after he died. He's even said to have been a primary influence for the Beatles and Bob Dylan who've both publicly stated their regard for his talent and unique style of music.


        What made Buddy Holly stand out from the crowd at that time was his eclectic attitudes I guess. He took bits of blues, bits of folk and bits of country even and fused them into rock n roll hits. If you listen to the music of other artists of that time, you'll notice that there aren't nearly as many instruments and styles of music incorporated into them as there are into Buddy's songs. And since time has moved on, through they hippy sixties and the metallic seventies, you don't get rock n roll mixed with acoustic guitars and polite vocals anymore. So despite music having 'moved on', really, Buddy Holly's music has remained in a little league of it's own because as soon as he conquered that style - everyone else moved away from it.


        If you're interested in his music, I'd recommend picking up one the variety of "Best Of" collections available. You should be able to find one in any major music store including the trendy ones as Buddy Holly remains quite popular today.

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          06.12.2001 04:53
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            On February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash. On that evening America lost one of their most talented young musicians of all time. He was only 22 when he passed away. My mum was only 4 so I was not even a distant thought. So how come I enjoy his music? I know some of his songs off by heart and I think they are great. His music had much strength. By what I have heard he was always full of energy and his songs were his life. ** A brief history of Buddy's Short Life ** He was born September 7, 1936 in Lubbock in Texas and named Charles Hardin Holley. He was often called Buddy as a young child and it stuck with him. As a child he played the violin and the piano. He then decided to learn to play the guitar, as he preferred the sound and the music that went with it. His parents Laurence and Ella supported him 100%. By the time he was 13 he had joined together with his friend Bob Montgomery playing what they called ‘Western Bop’ as well as country, at local clubs. Shortly after Decca Records spotted Buddy at a local rock show and signed him for a few singles. It was then decided he was too young and needed to work on his music before taking it any further. Holly formed his own band and called them the Crickets. They recorded That’ll Be the Day, which caught Decca’s attention. From that moment on their songs were released on the Brunswick label that belonged to Decca. They became a huge success recording songs like “Oh Boy.” “Maybe Baby,” and “Peggy Sue.” Teenagers fell in love with them and their songs were playing all over the globe. In March 1958 they toured Great Britain and the British went for them. They became more popular here than in America. During the same year Buddy met Maria Elena Santiago. Two weeks later they were married. After the honeymoon it was decided Buddy would go into the singing world alone after a disagreement with the rest of them and
            parted with the Crickets. In 1959 Holly toured with Ritchie Valens and J.P Richardson “The Big Bopper.” They toured in a bus that continued to break down causing chaos. One day, after arriving really late to a concert in Iowa, Holly decided to get on a small plane to get to his next destination sooner where he could find time to rest. The plane took off with Valens, Richardson and Holly on board and after eight miles crashed, killing everyone on board. Maria was pregnant at the time of his death and miscarried after hearing the news. During the 30 months of his career the world got to know, love him and his music lives on. I recently went to London to watch the Buddy Holly Story musical. This showed some of most popular songs including the following, Heartbeat That'll Be The Day Everyday Peggy Sue Oh Boy Maybe Baby Johnny B Goode Why do Fools Fall in Love True Love I will continue to listen to his music and for any Buddy fans out there I recommend you go and see this musical as it does Buddy proud. I think Buddy Holly was a rock and roll Kind and he could have teached singers of today a few things or two. Long Live Buddy Holly!

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              I don’t usually think about old artist very often, some times some 70’s metal but that’s about as far back as I go, my Dad is always listening to his sixties stuff so I get used to it. But when he put in one of his old tapes he dug out from somewhere I was more interested, (now… I will just not at this point that I like heavy metal such as Slipknot and Soulfly, also thinks like Cradle of Filth) the song I heard was ‘That’ll Be The Day’ by Buddy Holly so I asked my dad about him and I was shocked when he said that this was music from the fifties! It was so old and I liked it! And now because of this I now have a much wider scope on older music. Buddy holly after listening to a lot of my dads tapes, well, ok only about four, I found that a lot of his stuff was really good, he was a musical genius, him and the rest of the band, The Crickets. Unfortunately Buddy Holly was killed in a tragic accident with a couple of other members of the band in a plane crash when he was in between gigs (flying from one gig to the next) So in the few short years that Buddy Holly was making music he was very successful and I have huge respect for that and the great music that he made. Buddy Holly’s Career only lasted two very short years but in that time he got a lot of fans and lovers of his music. ‘Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ first number on single in the UK was ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and it hit the top in September 1957. In just the two short years of Buddy Holly’s Career he had written over 120 songs, a lot of them never being recorded, dew to his death, it makes you think how good would have he been if he hadn’t died. Buddy Holly – Died - February 3rd 1959 aged just 22.

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              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 Oh Boy It’s so Easy Crying, Waiting, Hoping It’s too Late Rave On Not fade Away (maybe you will know the Rolling Stones version?) Learning the Game Everyday Think it Over Reminiscing Brown eyed hansome man Heartbeat (yes the one they use on the TV prog.) Well..All Right 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
              staying power. 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!

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                I don’t usually think about old artist very often, some times some 70’s metal but that’s about as far back as I go, my Dad is always listening to his sixties stuff so I get used to it. But when he put in one of his old tapes he dug out from somewhere I was more interested, (now… I will just not at this point that I like heavy metal such as Slipknot and Soulfly, also thinks like Cradle of Filth) the song I heard was ‘That’ll Be The Day’ by Buddy Holly so I asked my dad about him and I was shocked when he said that this was music from the fifties! It was so old and I liked it! And now because of this I now have a much wider scope on older music. Buddy holly after listening to a lot of my dads tapes, well, ok only about four, I found that a lot of his stuff was really good, he was a musical genius, him and the rest of the band, The Crickets. Unfortunately Buddy Holly was killed in a tragic accident with a couple of other members of the band in a plane crash when he was in between gigs (flying from one gig to the next) So in the few short years that Buddy Holly was making music he was very successful and I have huge respect for that and the great music that he made. Buddy Holly’s Career only lasted two very short years but in that time he got a lot of fans and lovers of his music. ‘Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ first number on single in the UK was ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and it hit the top in September 1957. In just the two short years of Buddy Holly’s Career he had written over 120 songs, a lot of them never being recorded, dew to his death, it makes you think how good would have he been if he hadn’t died. Buddy Holly – Died - February 3rd 1959 aged just 22.

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                  Ask anyone who's in the know about 50's music and they'll tell you that Rock'N'Roll in that era meant Buddy Holly. This American singer completely changed the face of popular music all over the world. The 1950's teddyboy style with the quiffs in the hair and long cromby coats, drainpipe trousers and winkle picker shoes hit the youth scene. Songs like Rave On, Peggy Sue and That'll Be The Day hit the heights of popularity.'That'll be the Day' was his first UK hit, with the Crickets The youth of the 50's had an idol. Buddy Holly wrote some of his own songs and actually wrote 'Not Fade Away' which later became a hit for the Rolling Stones. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash at the age of 22, after just two short years in the music world but he certainly let his mark on the music world. If you want to listen to Buddy holly there's a CD available 'Buddy Holly and the Crickets 20 Golden Greats' and it should cost round about £10.

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                  In just two short years, Buddy Holly endeared himself to the hearts and minds of the world's record buying public - a true star was born. Whilst Elvis appears to have had more plaudits, Buddy Holly was a natural musical genius, who lost his life in a plane crash just over 42 years ago, on February 3rd 1959. When we think of recording stars from the 1950s, many people recall the early days of Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard, both of whom had successful careers into the 1960s, 1970s, and in Cliff's case into the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. However Cliff and Elvis both had one important characteristic in common. They were performers. Magnificent performers, admittedly, but nothing more. Buddy Holly, in his brief career was an all-round artist, and as well as being a performer he was a prolific songwriter. A brief look back at Buddy Holly's musical legacy shows a trail of memorable hits: 'That'll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Everyday', 'Not Fade Away', 'Oh Boy', 'Rave On', 'Maybe Baby' - the list goes on and on. None of us will ever know what success Buddy Holly may have gone on to achieve if his untimely death had not taken away his unique talents. As well as 'That'll Be The Day', Buddy Holly and the Crickets' first UK number one in September 1957, the single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' b/w 'Raining In My Heart' was a posthumous number one in February of 1959. This came just weeks after the public was coming to terms with the fact that Buddy Holly would record and perform no more. For anyone that has never had the opportunity to hear the music of Buddy Holly, a good starting point is the CD 'Buddy Holly and the Crickets 20 Golden Greats' on MCA Records (Catalogue Number: DMCTV1). This collection brings together twenty of Buddy Holly's biggest hits, and is a fair representation of the material he managed to reco
                  rd in just a few years in the late 1950s. It includes several tracks that were released in the years after his death, including such classics as 'True Love Ways', and 'Wishing'. Apparently, Buddy Holly wrote over 120 songs in just two years, but sadly not all these titles saw the light of day. It is a testimony to the talents of the unassuming star with the spectacles that his music has stood the test of time. In fact it is a powerful testament to his music that we can still listen to those songs today and derive pleasure from them, including many people who were not around at the time the tracks were recorded. In the case of Buddy Holly, the saying 'Only The Good Die Young' seems particularly apt, leaving us to wonder what might have been. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}

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                    03.12.2000 02:08
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                    I was fourteen/fifteen when Buddy hit the rock and roll scene and his impact on youth of that day was so profound. His music was sung from the heart and everyone listened when it was played. Even today his music lives on which is testimony to his talent. I went to see the stage show 'Buddy' and people were rocking in the aisle just as they were in the 50s the only difference was that it was a new generation of music lovers. I can't describe just how devestated I was when he was killed. I have never forgot that feeling of sadness and loss, I was genuinely 'gutted'. Obviously, I have all his songs on CD and play them endlessly. He is one of the all time greats for sure.

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                      29.10.2000 22:09
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                      Buddy Holly, how did I, a 25 year old music lover who was born after Buddy's untimely death come to fall in love with this guys music. It was quite simple really, my influences had al been influence by Buddy and the other rock 'n' roll artists of the time, I thought it was about time I found out what all the fuss was about. Purchasing a huge 36 track best of Cd, I have sat down and listened and then relistned, these songs were recorded inthe late 1950's yet they sound so fresh, so ahead of their time, they are amazing, they are the true essence of music. I can now see Buddy Holly's music in almost everything that followed, it is timeless rock 'n' roll, but how life can be cruel though, he died before he had probably reached a small percent of his potentional. But the music never does fade, 'Peggy Sue' the obvious classic,there is raw rock 'n' roll to the songs about teenage love, lets remember Buddy's genration were the genration befroe the free for all 1960's, they were probably the last innocent genration, you can see that reflected in his music. Any music that reflects and captures it's time perfectly is something special. Many of Buddy's songs were overdubbed after he dided, this is shame because sometimes they sound soft and slushy, whichmay have been how Buddy Holly would have wanted them, but there so many tracks on here with raw energy. Not that he was adverse to the good old romantic ballard, 'Words of Love' for instance, very good. Buddy Holly's voice is amazing it really does convey true emotion, that famous warble, so imitated but never bettered. Listening to the track 'Well, Alright' I am amzed, so good, so catchy, so well sung and written. If you have any interest music and want to understand how music has evolved plus have some of the most amazing tracks ever written then buy a the 'The Very Best of Buddy
                      Holly and the Crickets', a truly awesome 36 track album. All I can see is that it is a same that his life was ended so early, it's hard not to feel upset of affected by this as you listen to his music. As I said it will never fade, we will rave on.

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                      05.09.2000 02:25

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                      Buddy Holly was one of the most influential rock and roll stars of the fifties. He made such classic records such as Peggie Sue, Rave On, Oh Boy, That'll Be The Day and many more. He died at the age of twenty two, when an private plane he was travelling in crashed, the crash also killed other famous rock and roll stars, they were Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The plane crashed during a tour they were doing in Midwest America. He wrote many records including Not Fade Away which was later revived by The Rolling Stones, giving them their first hit single.

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 That'll Be The Day
                    2 Oh Boy - The Crickets
                    3 Maybe Baby - The Crickets
                    4 Think It Over - The Crickets
                    5 Peggy Sue
                    6 Listen To Me
                    7 Rave On
                    8 Early In The Morning
                    9 Heartbeat
                    10 Midnight Shift
                    11 Peggy Sue Got Married
                    12 True Love Ways
                    13 Learning The Game
                    14 Everyday
                    15 Reminiscing
                    16 Brown Eyed Handsome Man
                    17 Bo Diddley
                    18 Wishing
                    19 Words Of Love
                    20 It Doesn't Matter Anymore