Hello, Charles Hardin Holley was born on July 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. His legendary hit records with The Crickets and as a solo artist, are some of the best rock and roll records of all-time. Buddy Holly as the recording world knew him was a talented singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, and was years ahead of his contemporaries in adding new sounds to rock and roll music. We all know his classic hits, THAT’LL BE THE DAY a #1 hit in 1957 and The Crickets first hit record, OH, BOY!…MAYBE BABY…EVERYDAY…RAVE ON…and of course his classic, PEGGY SUE. There are so many more great recordings, so much wonderful music, in such a short period of time.
The two songs I want to talk about are two of my personal favorite Buddy Holly tunes. On July 20, 1959 Coral Records released in the US a song that was written by Buddy…PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED. The song is considered one of the first sequels of the rock era, as it refers to his classic recording of PEGGY SUE from 1957. Buddy recorded the vocal and played guitar himself on the song that was recorded on December 8, 1958. The single version with backup vocals and instrumentals was done at Coral Records’ Studio A in New York City on June 30, 1959. The single version was released in the UK on August 28, 1959. This same song, only the undubbed home recording was used as the theme music in the film “Peggy Sue Got Married.
The “B” side is another great Buddy Holly classic, CRYING, WAITING, HOPING. The story of this song is very much the same as PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED. This song was recorded on December, 14, 1958 by Buddy Holly only. His home recordings of his last six songs, were turned over to record producer Jack Hansen after Buddy’s death on February 3, 1959. Hansen hired backup group to make the record sound as close to The Crickets as possible. CRYING, WAITING, HOPING turned out so well, that it is considered the best of the overdub recordings done after Buddy’s death. Hansen’s studio version was recorded on June 30, 1959 at Coral Records’ Studio A, along with PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED.
Both sides were released as Buddy Holly’s first posthumous single on Coral Records. They would be issued on the album “The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2″. Neither side of the single charted on the Billboard music charts, why they didn’t is hard to believe…because they are very good, but then again, everything Buddy Holly recorded was good…His legend grows even more with time…his music is the voice of the 1950’s and beyond…his star still shines in the Heavens above.
Till the next time—Joe