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Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Legends Meet

Buddy came on the scene shortly behind Bill Haley & The Comets.  Early on their paths crossed in New Mexico at a concert featuring the Comets.  According to the account in Bill’s biography by his son John, Haley became separated from the rest of the band and arrived at the performance ahead of them – The Comets ran into trouble and were delayed.  An anxious promoter was very nervous because of the impatient fans awaiting the great Bill Haley and The Comets.  The Crickets were there as a warm-up act.  The promoter demanded that Haley take the stage without the Comets – telling him this young group of unknowns would back him.  Haley met Holly – more than a little concerned about his situation and asked “Do you know any of my songs?”  Buddy enthusiastically replied “Yes!  All of them!”

And so Haley and The Crickets performed successfully for the first half hour of the concert entertaining all until the Comets finally arrived and took over.  Haley was impressed with his fill-ins recommending them to the music industry.

Success in the U.K.

Buddy Holly’s popularity the in U.K. exceeded his success in the U.S.  He entered the U.K. single charts 32 times with 27 top 40 hits compared to only 11 Hot 100 appearances in the U.S. with 8 top forty hits.  So very many of the British Invasion-Era bands came strongly under his influence.  Just look at the early groups – nearly every one having at least one member donning their “Holly” dark plastic glass frames.  Much like Chuck berry – Buddy Holly stormed the market with releases – and like Berry most contained “B” sides which should have merited much more attention as stand alone gems (as they would later one beyond his passing).

The musicians on Holly’s recordings varied tremendously – See “The Crickets” page for a listing of those band members.  At the end of the discography is a fairly complete listing of musicians who appeared on the recordings with Buddy.

Time Line

1954

Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery form a loose duo working initially toward recording their style of country music.  The would be joined by various musicians during early sessions out of their homes in Lubbock, Texas and also at a studio in Wichita Falls.

1955

Bass player Larry Welborn joins up with Holly and Montgomery – Soon fiddler Sonny Curtis joins and then drummer Jerry Allison.  The group moves from country to rock and roll spurred on by the arrival of Elvis Presley.  The drums are dropped from the group making it a trio once again mainly because Elvis Presley’s combo performed without drums.  When Elvis comes through town lo and behold he now has a drummer so Allison once again joins the group.  More and more the group is evolving into purely rock and roll.

1956 – on to Nashville

Buddy learns every single Elvis song and sounds just like him using every opportunity to perform Elvis’ songs.  During 1956 Buddy and Jerry spend a lot of time at Buddy’s house practicing just the two of them usually – but eventually joined by Niki Sullivan.  In early 1956 Buddy without Montgomery is invited to put together a recording session in Nashville – He quickly assembles Sonny Curtis on guitar and Don Guess.  Jerry Allison and Larry Welborn were still in high school and did not make the Nashville trip.  They are joined by session musician Grady Martin on rhythm guitar freeing up Holly to handle the vocals.  From this session came the group’s first single “Blue Days-Black Nights” b/w “Love Me” and thus The Crickets were born.

In a second session later in the year – Allison makes the trips to add drums to the session.  Several sides were cut but they wouldn’t be released until much later.  A third and final Nashville session involved only Buddy with session musicians.  A single was put together using “Modern Don Juan” and “You Are My One Desire” – which completely flopped.

(Brunswick releases were by “The Crickets” with Buddy Holly and Coral were by “Buddy Holly”.  Vocals were provided at times by other groups such as The Roses.:

45/78 – Decca 29854 – “Love Me” b/w “Blue Days – Black Nights” – Released April, 1956 – Did Not Chart

1956 - 78 - DECCA 29854 A 1956 - 78 - DECCA 29854 B

1956-04 DECCA 29854 A 1956-04 DECCA 29854 B

1956-04 DECCA 29854 C 1956-04 DECCA 29854 D

1957 – Clovis and Norman Petty

During 1957 and well into 1958 Buddy and his group would make several trips to Norman Petty’s Clovis studios where they definitely became a rock and roll band – The Crickets.

1957 Movie – “Anna My Darling” – Featuring “That’ll Be The Day”

HOLLY 1957 ANNA MY DARLING - THAT BE DAY

45 – Brunswick 55009 – “That’ll Be The Day” b/w “I’m Lonely for Someone to Love” – Charted Hot 100 August 12th, 1957 #1 for 1 Week – Charted R&B September 9th, 1957 – #2

1957-05 BRUNSWICK 55009 A 1957-05 BRUNSWICK 55009 B

45 – Coral 61852 – “Words of Love” b/w “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” – Released June, 1957 – Did Not Chart

1957-06 CORAL 61852 A 1957-06 CORAL 61852 B

1957-06 CORAL 61852 C 1957-06 CORAL 61852 D

45 – Decca 30434 – “That’ll Be the Day” b/w “Rock Around with Ollie Vee” – Released August, 1957 – (with The Three Tunes) – Did Not Chart

1957-08 DECCA 30424 A 1957-08 DECCA 30424 B

45 – Coral 61885 – “Peggy Sue” b/w “Everyday” – Charted November 11th, 1957 – #3 – Charted Hot 100 R&B December 2nd, 1957 – #2

1957-09 CORAL 61885 A 1957-09 CORAL 61885 B

1957-09 CORAL 61885 C 1957-09 CORAL 61885 D

45 – Brunswick 55035 – “Oh, Boy!” b/w “Not Fade Away” – Charted Hot 100 November 25th, 1957 #10 – Charted R&B December 23rd, 1957 #13

1957-10 BRUNSWICK 55035 A

1957-10 BRUNSWICK 55035 B 1957-10 BRUNSWICK 55035 C

LP – Brunswick 54038 – “The Chirping Crickets” – Released 1957 – Did Not Chart

1957 - BRUNSWICK 54038 A 1957 - BRUNSWICK 54038 B

1957 - BRUNSWICK 54038 C 1957 - BRUNSWICK 54038 D

45 EP – Brunswick 71036 – “The Chirping Crickets” – Released 1957 – Did Not Chart

1957-11 BRUNSWICK EP 71036 A 1957-11 BRUNSWICK EP 71036 B

1957-11 BRUNSWICK EP 71036 C 1957-11 BRUNSWICK EP 71036 D

45 EP – Brunswick EP 71038 – “The Sound of The Crickets” – Released December, 1957 – Did Not Chart

1957-12 BRUNSWICK EP 71038 A 1957-12 BRUNSWICK EP 71038 B

1957-12 BRUNSWICK EP 71038 C 1957-12 BRUNSWICK EP 71038 D

45 – Decca 30543 – “Love Me” b/w “You Are My One Desire” – Released January, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958-01 DECCA 30543 A 1958-01 DECCA 30543 B

1958-01 DECCA 30543 C 1958-01 DECCA 30543 D

February, 1958

The Crickets tour England.

45/78 – Brunswick 55053 – “Maybe Baby” b/w “Tell Me How” – Charted Hot 100 March 3rd, 1958 #17 – Charted R&B March 17th, 1958 #4 (The Crickets final R&B hit)

1958 - 78 - BRUNSWICK 55053 AA 1958 - 78 - BRUNSWICK 55053 A

1958-02 BRUNSWICK 55063 A 1958-02 BRUNSWICK 55063 B

45/78 – Coral 61947 – “I’m Gonna Love You Too” b/w “Listen to Me” – Released February, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958 - 78 - CORAL 61947 A 1958 - 78 - CORAL 61947 B

1958-02 CORAL 61947 A 1958-02 CORAL 61947 B

1958-02 CORAL 61947 C 1958-02 CORAL 61947 D

45 EP – Coral 81169 – “Listen to Me” – Released February, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958-02 CORAL EP 81169 A 1958-02 CORAL EP 81169 B

1958-02 CORAL EP 81169 C 1958-02 CORAL EP 81169 D

45 – Coral 61985 – “Rave On” b/w “Take Your Time” – Charted Hot 100 May 26th, 1958 #37 Hot 100

1958-04 CORAL 61985 A 1958-04 CORAL 61985 B

1958-04 CORAL 61985 C 1958-04 CORAL 61985 D

45 EP – Decca 2575 – “That’ll Be The Day” – Released April, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958-04 DECCA EP 2575 A 1958-04 DECCA EP 2575 B

1958-04 DECCA EP 2575 C 1958-04 DECCA EP 2575 D

June, 1958 – New York

Buddy accompanied by Norman Petty records at Decca’s New York Studio where Bill Haley and the Comets cut most of their tracks.

Around this time guitarist Tommy Allsup from Tulsa, Oklahoma  joins up with The Crickets which now included Joe Mauldin.  Holly does his final Clovis studio recordings and is joined by famed sax player King Curtis.

45 – Decca 30650 – “Girl On My Mind” b/w “Ting-A-Ling” (with The Three Tunes) – Released June, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958-06 DECCA 30650 A 1958-06 DECCA 30650 B

45 – Brunswick 55072 – “Think It Over” – Charted Hot 100 July 21st, 1958 #27 – Flip Side “Fool’s Paradise” Charted Hot 100 August 4th, 1958 #58

1958-07 BRUNSWICK 55072 A 1958-07 BRUNSWICK 55072 B

1958-07 BRUNSWICK 55072 C 1958-07 BRUNSWICK 55072 D

45 – Coral 62006 – “Early in the Morning” b/w Now We’re One” – Charted Hot 100 August 4th, 1958 #32 (backed by the vocal group The Helen Way Singers – Bobby Darin composed both sides)

1958-08 CORAL 62006 A 1958-08 CORAL 62006 B

1958-08 CORAL 62006 C 1958-08 CORAL 62006 D

45 – Brunswick 55094 – “It’s So Easy” b/w “Lonesome Tears” – Released September, 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958-09 BRUNSWICK 55094 A 1958-09 BRUNSWICK 55094 B

LP – Coral 57210 – “Buddy Holly” – Released 1958 – Did Not Chart

1958 - CORAL LP 57210 A 1958 - CORAL LP 57210 B

1958 - CORAL LP 57210 C 1958 - CORAL LP 57210 D

The Split

After this point in time Buddy and The Crickets agree to go their separate ways when Buddy elects to depart for and reside in New York with his wife.  Allison and Mauldin both elect to remain in Lubbock.  This would also mark the point in Buddy’s brief career where his sound became much sweeter and well produced – a step away from rock and roll.

LP – Coral 57279 – “The Buddy Holly Story” – Charted Hot 200 April 27th, 1959 #11

1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 A 1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 B

1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 C 1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 D

1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 E 1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 F

1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 G 1959-02 -  CORAL LP 57279 H

45 – Coral 62017 – “Real Wild Child” b/w “Oh You Beautiful Doll” – Charted Hot 100 September 22nd, 1958 #68 (vocal by “Ivan” who was Cricket Jerry Ivan Allison – Buddy played lead guitar)

45 – Coral 62051 – “Heartbeat” b/w “Well All Right” – Charted Hot 100 December 29th, 1958 #82

1958-10 CORAL 62051 A 1958-10 CORAL 62051 B

February, 1959

Buddy Holly would die in the infamous plane crash in Iowa on February 3rd, 1959

45 – Coral 62074 – “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Charted Hot 100 March 30th, 1959 #13 – Flip Side “Raining In My Heart” – Charted Hot 100 #88 (written by Paul Anka – “Raining in My Heart” was written by Boudreaux and Byrant – composers for many Everly Brothers hits)

1959-01 CORAL 62074 A 1959-01 CORAL 62074 B

1959-01 CORAL 62074 C 1959-01 CORAL 62074 D

45 EP – Coral 81182 – “The Buddy Holly Story” – Released February, 1959 – Did Not Chart
(The the 2nd cover set with memorial liner notes shown here was composed and released after Buddy’s tragic death)

1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 C 1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 D

1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 A 1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 B

1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 E 1959-02 CORAL EP 81182 F

45 – Brunswick 55124 – “Love’s Made a Fool of You” b/w “Someone, Someone” – Released March, 1959 – Did Not Chart
(The A side was covered by The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966 reaching number 26 – Fuller died young as well – at age 22)

1959-03 BRUNSWICK 55124 A 1959-03 BRUNSWICK 55124 B

1959-03 BRUNSWICK 55124 C 1959-03 BRUNSWICK 55124 D

45 – Coral 62134 – “Peggy Sue Got Married” b/w “Crying, Hoping, Waiting” – Released August, 1958 – Did Not Chart
(The B side was covered by The Beatles)

1959-08 CORAL 62134 A 1959-08 CORAL 62134 B

1959-08 CORAL 62134 C 1959-08 CORAL 62134 D

45 – Brunswick 55153 – “When You Ask About Love” b/w “Deborah” – Released October, 1959 – Did Not Chart
(Buddy Holly had no involvement on this recording)

1959-10 BRUNSWICK 55153 A 1959-10 BRUNSWICK 55153 B

1959-10 BRUNSWICK 55153 C 1959-10 BRUNSWICK 55153 D

45 – Coral 62210 – “True Love Ways” b/w “That Makes It Touch” – Released June, 1960 – Did Not Chart

1960-06 CORAL 62210 A 1960-06 CORAL 62210 B

1960-06 CORAL 62210 C 1960-06 CORAL 62210 D

LP – Brunswick 57320 – “In Style With The Crickets” – Released 1960 – Did Not Chart

LP – Coral 57236 – “The Buddy Holly Story Vol. 2” – Released 1960 – Did Not Chart

1969 - CORAL LP 57326 A 1969 - CORAL LP 57326 B

1969 - CORAL LP 57326 C 1969 - CORAL LP 57326 D

45 EP – Coral 81193 – “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” – Released 1961 – Did Not Chart

45 – Liberty 55479 – “Someday (When I’m Gone From You)” b/w  – Charted Hot 100 September 22nd, 1962 # 99 – This was by Bobby Vee fronting the Crickets post Holly – Bobby Vee and his group The Shadows filled in for Buddy Holly and the Crickets after the tragic and fatal plane crash – Vee’s career would take off in 1960 with “Devil or Angel”.

45 EP – Coral 81191 – “Buddy Holly”  – Released June1962 – Did Not Chart

1962-06 CORAL EP 81191 A 1962-06 CORAL EP 81191 B

1962-06 CORAL EP 81191 C 1962-06 CORAL EP 81191 D

45 – Coral 62329 – “Reminiscing” b/w “Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie” – Released August, 1962 – Did Not Chart

1962-08 CORAL 62329 A 1962-08 CORAL 62329 B

1962-08 CORAL 62329 C 1962-08 CORAL 62329 D

LP – Coral 57405 – “Buddy Holly & The Crickets” – Released 1962 – Did Not Chart

1962 - CORAL LP 57405 A 1962 - CORAL LP 57405 B

1962 - CORAL LP 57405 C 1962 - CORAL LP 57405 D

LP – Coral 57426 – “Reminiscing” – Charted Hot 200 March 16th, 1963 #40

1963 - CORAL LP 57426 A 1963 - CORAL LP 57426 B

1963 - CORAL LP 57426 C 1963 - CORAL LP 57426 D

45 – Coral 62352 – “Bo Diddley” b/w “True Love Ways” – Charted Bubbling Under Charts April 27th, 1963 #116

1963-04 CORAL 62352 A 1963-04 CORAL 62352 B

45 – Coral 62369 – “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” Charted Bubbling Under Charts October 5th, 1963 #113 – Flip Side “Wishing” Charted in National Charts August 31st, 1969 #149

1963-07 CORAL 62369 B 1963-07 CORAL 62369 A

45 – Coral 62390 – “Rock Around With Ollie Vee” b/w “I’m Gonna Love You Too” – Released January, 1964 – Did Not Chart
(A side charted by England’s Hullaballoos in November, 1964 reaching number 56)

1964-01 CORAL 62390 A 1964-01 CORAL 62390 B

LP – Coral 57450 – “Buddy Holly Showcase” – Released 1964 – Did Not Chart

45 – Coral 62448 – “What To Do” b/w “Slippin’ and Slidin'” – Released April, 1965 – Did Not Chart
((B side of course composed and recorded by Little Richard)

1965-04 CORAL 62448 A 1965-04 CORAL 62448 B
LP – Coral 57463 – “Buddy Holly In The Hills” – Released 1965 – Did Not Chart

1965 - CORAL 57463 A 1965 - CORAL 57463 B

1965 - CORAL 57463 C 1965 - CORAL 57463 D

LP – Coral 8 – “The Best of Buddy Holly” – Released 1966 – Did Not Chart

1967 – Movie “Poor Cow” – Featuring “Not Fade Away”

HOLLY 1967 POOR COW NOT FADE

LP – Coral 57492 – “Buddy Holly’s Greatest Hits” – Released 1967 – Did Not Chart

1967 - CORAL LP 57492 A 1967 - CORAL LP 57492 B

1967 - CORAL LP 57492 C 1967 - CORAL LP 57492 D

LP – Vocalion 3811 – “The Great Buddy Holly” – Released 1967 – Did Not Chart

45 – Coral 62554 – “Rave On” – b/w “Early in The Morning” – Released July, 1968 – Did Not Chart

1968-07 CORAL 62554 A 1968-07 CORAL 62554 B

45 – Coral 62558 – “Love Is Strange” b/w “You’re The One” – Charted Bubbling Under Charts April 26th, 1969 #105

1969-03 CORAL 62558 A 1969-03 CORAL 62558 B

1969-03 CORAL 62558 C 1969-03 CORAL 62558 D

1969-03 CORAL 62558 E 1969-03 CORAL 62558 F

45 – Coral 65618 – “That’ll Be The Day” b/w “I’m Lookin’ For Someone To Love” – Released December, 1969 – Did Not Chart

1969-12 CORAL SILVER 65618 B 1969-12 CORAL SILVER 65618 A

LP – Coral 57504 – “Giant” – Released 1969 – Did Not Chart

LP – Vocalion 73923 – “Good Rockin'” – Released 1971 – Did Not Chart

LP – Decca 7207 – “A Rock and Roll Collection” – Released 1972 – Did Not Chart

1972 - CORAL LP 7207 A 1972 - CORAL LP 7207 B

1972 - CORAL LP 7207 C

1972 - CORAL LP 7207 D

1972 - CORAL LP 7207 E 1972 - CORAL LP 7207 F

1973 – Movie “American Graffiti” – Featuring “That’ll Be The Day” and “Maybe Baby”

HOLLY 1973 GRAFFITI BE DAY - MAYBE BABY

LP – MCA Coral 20101 – “The Great Buddy Holly” – Released 1973 – Did Not Chart

1973 - CORAL LP 20101 A 1973 - CORAL LP 20101 B

1973 - CORAL LP 20101 C 1973 - CORAL LP 20101 D

LP – Cricket 1000 – “Buddy Holly Live Volume 1” – Released 1977 – Did Not Chart

1977 - CRICKET LP 1000 A 1977 - CRICKET LP 1000 B

1977 - CRICKET LP 1000 C 1977 - CRICKET LP 1000 D

LP – Cricket 1001 – “Buddy Holly Live Volume 2” – Released mid 1970’s – Did Not Chart

LP – Great Northwest 4014 – “Visions of Buddy Holly” – Released mid 1970’s – Did Not Chart

LP – MCA 737 – “The Great Buddy Holly” – Released mid 1970’s – Did Not Chart

1978 – Movie “American Hot Wax” – Featuring “Oh Boy!” and “Rave On”

HOLLY 1978 HOT WAX - OH BOY RAVE ON

45 – MCA 40905 – “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” b/w “Peggy Sue” – Released May, 1978 – Did Not Chart

1978-05 - 45 MCA 40905 A

1978-05 - 45 MCA 40905 B 1978-05 - 45 MCA 40905 C

1978 – Movie “The Buddy Holly Story” – Featuring Many Songs

HOLLY 1978 STORY

LP – MCA 3040 – “Buddy Holly/The Crickets Golden Greats” – Charted Hot 200 August 5th, 1978 #55

1978 - MCA LP 3040 A 1978 - MCA LP 3040 B

1978 - MCA LP 3040 C 1978 - MCA LP 3040 D

LP – MCA 4009 – “A Rock and Roll Collection” – Released 1980’s – Did Not Chart

LP – MCA 80000 – Box Set – “The Complete Buddy Holly” – Released 1981 – Did Not Chart
(View the Buddy Holly Box Set Page)

1981 - MCA LP 80000 A 1981 - MCA LP 80000 B

1983 – Movie “Christine” – Featuring “Not Fade Away”

HOLLY 1983 CHRISTINE NOT FADE

LP – MCA 27059 – “For The First Time Anywhere” – Released 1983 – Did Not Chart

1983 - MCA LP 27059 A 1983 - MCA LP 27059 B

1983 - MCA LP 27059 C 1983 - MCA LP 27059 D

LP – MCA 4184 – “Legend” – Released 1985 – Did Not Chart

1985 - MCA LP 4184 A 1985 - MCA LP 4184 B

1985 - MCA LP 4184 C

1985 - MCA LP 4184 D 1985 - MCA LP 4184 E

1985 - MCA LP 4184 F 1985 - MCA LP 4184 G

1986 – Movie “Stand By Me” – Featuring “Everyday”

HOLLY 1986 STAND BY - EVERYDAY

LP – MCA 5540 – “From the Original Master Tapes” – Released 1986 – Did Not Chart

1986 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Holly is inducted along with Fats Domino and Chuck Berry into the Hall

LOGO ROCK ROLL HALL OF FAME

LP – MCA 25239 – “Buddy Holly” – Released 1989 – Did Not Chart

LP – MCA 11161 – “Buddy Holly” – Released 1995 – Did Not Chart

1999 – Movie “October Sky” – Featuring “That’ll Be The Day”

HOLLY 1999 OCT SKY THAT BE DAY

45 – Crosley 466 – “Peggy Sue” b/w “That’ll Be The Day” – Released 2003 – Did Not Chart

2003 - 45 - CROSLEY 466 A 2003 - 45 - CROSLEY 466 B

2003 - 45 - CROSLEY 466 C 2003 - 45 - CROSLEY 466 D

2003 – Movie “Big Fish” – Featuring “Everyday”

HOLLY 2003 BIG FISH EVERYDAY

LP – MCA 11536 – “Greatest Hits” – Charted Hot 200 November 19th, 2005 #37 on Cassette

2006 – Movie “Glory Road” – Featuring “Rave On”

HOLLY 2006 GLORY ROAD - RAVE ON

2007 – Movie “Juno” – Featuring “Dearest”

HOLLY 2007 JUNO - DEAREST

2011 – A Hollywood Star

Buddy lands a Star in the famous Hollywood sidewalk of fame

LOGO HOLLY 2011 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

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