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Holly and Company in Recording Sessions

Image result for buddy holly and cricketsBuddy’s short life was not short in creativity.  He entered the recording studios often between 1956 up until his untimely death on February 3rd, 1959.  And then, far beyond that date, Norman Petty continued to produce and sometimes over-produce Holly’s catalog with voices, strings, new arrangements and quite often vocals.  Jimmy Gilmer’s Fireballs – who also recorded with Norman Petty, provided many vocals backings to Holly tracks via the Norman touch.

Following is a date-by-date listing of Holly’s recording dates accompanied by locations and most of the participating musicians.  Holly’s most productive and lucrative sessions occurred in 1957 in Clovis, New Mexico with Norman Petty at the controls and with his most-constant companions, drummer Jerry Allison, bass player Joe Mauldin – sometimes Niki Sullivan, and great backing vocals with “The Picks” who were the furthest thing from a rock and roll ensemble but added a memorable touch to classic Holly songs.

The session listing is accompanied by a corresponding track listing as well.

Just adding the supporting musicians photos for each session

Buddy Holly Session 1 – 1954/1955

Wichita Falls, Texas – Nesman Recording Studios and Lubbock, Texas – Radio Station KDAV

Buddy Holly – lead guitar and vocals
Bob Montgomery – guitar
Don Guess – bass
Sonny Curtis – fiddle

Session 1 Tracks:

Door to My Heart
Flower of My Heart
I Gambled My Heart
Soft Place In My Heart
You and Me Are Through

Buddy Holly Recording Session 2 – 1955

Dallas, Texas – Jim Beck Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar and vocals
Bob Montgomery – guitar
Larry Welborn – bass
Jerry Allison – drums

Session 2 Tracks:

Baby It’s Love
Memories
Queen of the Ballroom

Buddy Holly Recording Session 3 – 1955

Lubbock, Texas – Buddy Holly’s home

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums

Session 3 Tracks:

Baby Let’s Play House
Down the Line

Buddy Holly Recording Session 4 – 1955

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studio

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Larry Welborn – bass

Session 4 Tracks:

Gone
Have You Ever Been Lonely

Buddy Holly Recording Session 5 – 1956

Lubbock, Texas – Buddy Holly home – Larry Holley garage (Buddy’s brother)

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Larry Welborn – bass

Session 5 Tracks:

Blue Monday
Blue Suede Shoes
Bo Diddley
Good Rockin’ Tonight
Holly Hop
Honky Tonk
Rip It Up

Buddy Holly Recording Session 6 – 1956

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – rhythm guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Sonny Curtis – lead guitar
Don Guess – bass

Session 6 Tracks:

Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Changing All Those Changes
I Guess I Was Just A Fool
I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down

Buddy Holly Recording Session 7 – 1956

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Don Guess – bass
Sonny Curtis – guitar

Session 7 Tracks:

Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight
Slippin’ and Slidin’
What To Do

Buddy Holly Recording Session 8 – January 26th, 1956

Nashville, Tennessee – Owen Bradley’s Barn

Buddy Holly – vocals
Sonny Curtis – fiddle
Don Guess – bass
Grady Martin – guitar

Session 8 Tracks:

Because I Love You
Don’t Come Back Knockin’
It’s Not My Fault
Midnight Shift

Buddy Holly Recording Session 9 – July 22nd, 1956

Nashville, Tennessee – Owen Bradley’s Barn

Buddy Holly – lead & rhythm guitars/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Sonny Curtis – lead & rhythm guitars
Don Guess – bass

Session 9 Tracks:

Blue Days, Black Nights
Girl On My Mind
I’m Changing All Those Changes
Love Me
Rock Around with Ollie Vee
That’ll Be The Day
Ting-A-Ling

Buddy Holly Recording Session 10 – November 15th, 1956

Nashville, Tennessee – Owen Bradley Barn

Buddy Holly – guitar/vocals
Owen Bradley – piano
Faris Coursey – drums (no photo)
Grady Martin – lead guitar
Boots Randolph – sax

Session 10 Tracks:

Modern Don Juan
Rock Around With Ollie Vee
You Are My One Desire

Buddy Holly Recording Session 11 – February 25th, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
June Clark – vocals (no photo)
Niki Sullivan – vocals
Gary Tollett – vocals
Ramona Tollett – vocals
Larry Welborn – bass

Session 11 Tracks:

I’m Lookin’ For Someone to Love
That’ll Be the Day

Buddy Holly Recording Session 12 – March 12th, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
The Picks – vocals
Niki Sullivan – rhythm guitar/vocals

Session 12 Tracks:

Maybe Baby

Buddy Holly Recording Session 13 – April 8th, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
Vi Petty – piano

Session 13 Tracks:

Mailman Bring Me No More Blues
Words Of Love

Buddy Holly Recording Session 14 – May, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
Norman Petty – celeste
Niki Sullivan – vocals

Session 14 Tracks:

Not Fade Away

Buddy Holly Recording Session 15 – June 29th & July 1st, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
The Picks – vocals
Niki Sullivan – rhythm guitar

Session 15 Tracks:

Everyday
I’m Gonna Love You Too
Listen to Me
Oh, Boy!
Peggy Sue

Buddy Holly Recording Session 16 – Mid July Sessions, 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Session 16 Tracks:

Little Baby
Look at Me
Ready Teddy
Send Me Some Lovin’
Tell Me How
Valley of Tears

Buddy Holly Recording Session 17 – September 27th & 28th, 1957

Oklahoma City – Tinker Air Force Base

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison -drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
The Picks – vocals
Niki Sullivan – rhythm guitar

Session 17 Tracks:

An Empty Cup
Maybe Baby
Rock Me Baby
You’ve Got Love

Buddy Holly Recording Session 18 – December. 1957

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass

Session 18 Tracks:

Baby I Don’t Care

Buddy Recording Session 19 – February, 1958

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Joe Maudlin – bass
Norman Petty – organ

Session 19 Tracks:

Fool’s Paradise
Rave On
Take Your Time
Think It Over
Well, Alright

Buddy Holly Recording Session 20 – June/July/August/September, 1958

Clovis, New Mexico – Norman Petty Studios

Buddy Holly – rhythm guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – vocals
Tommy Allsup – lead guitar
George Atwood – bass (no photo)
Bo Clarke – drums (no photo)
Waylon Jennings – vocals
King Curtis – Sax
Joe Maudlin – bass
The Roses – vocals

Session 20 Tracks:

Come Back Baby
Early in the Morning
Heartbeat
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
It’s So Easy
Jole Blon
Lonesome Tears
Love’s Made a Fool Of You
Now We’re One
Raining In My Heart
Real Wild Child
Reminiscing
Wait Til The Sun Shines Nellie
When Sin Stops
Wishing

Buddy Holly Recording Session 21  – January, 1959

New York City, New York – Buddy Holly Apartment

Buddy Holly – lead guitar/vocals
Phil Everly – rhythm guitar
Lou Giordano – vocals

Session 19 Tracks:

Love Is Strange
Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Peggy Sue Got Married
You’re the One

Buddy Holly Recording Session 20 – June, 1959

New York City, New York – Decca Studios and the Python Temple

Buddy Holly – guitar/vocals
Jerry Allison – drums
Panama Francis – drums
Dick Jacobs – Orchestra
Joe Maudlin – bass
Norman Petty – piano
Sam “The Man” Taylor – sax
The Helen Way Singers (no photo – included Helen Way, Harriet Young, Maeretha Stewart and Theresa Merritt)

Session 20 Tracks:

Learning the Game
That Makes It Tough
True Love Ways

 

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