Buddy Holly

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Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

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Buddy's classic sunburst Start, can be visited in Lubbock's Buddy Holly Center
and has serial number: #028228


Buddy and Bob Montgomery. Buddy, Bob and Jerry Allison.

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Fender Twin-Amp


Buddy Holly. Born on 7 september 1936 in Lubbock, Texas as Charles Hardin Holley.

The Holly family consisted of, father Lawrence Odell, mother Ella Pauline Drake Holley, brothers Larry and Travis and sister Patricia. Charles Hardin (Buddy) was the youngest of the family.
On his eighth birthday, he got a violin present and revealed himself as a reasonable bluegrass violinist. Only much rather had he a guitar, on be twelfth he got he a second-hand acoustic Gibson that he in painted in leahterlook blue, his favorite color. The first guitar chords he learned from his brother Travis. It was a fact that Buddy very talented and learned quickly.

At Hutchinson Junior High School he met Bob Montgomery who also played guitar.
As around 1950 country and Western was the most popular music style in which they self also wanted to educate. At Buddys house they exercised many hours together on their guitars. Classmate Jerry Allison wanted also to exercise with them as drummer and after a while the time was there to performance, they took the name 'Buddy and Bob'. Brother Larry borrow Buddy thousand dollar to buy a new guitar (a Fender Stratocaster) and artists outfit.

The first performance were on school partys and already fast in single local occasions. Because of this they attract attention of the local radio station KDAV in Lubbock. The station asked them if they want to make a radio show. The program was such a success that they were to be listenned for over a year, every sunday a half hour at KDAV. The guitar that Buddy was played by KDAV was a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. Most likely sponsorship of the station played an important role.

Others insist that Elvis had the greatest influence on rock 'n roll music. Elvis, with all due respect, was a phenomenal entertainer and showman. He made immeasurable contributions to the widespread popularity of rock 'n roll. Buddy, himself, was one of Elvis' greatest admirers, and they became friends. But, Elvis never wrote any of his own songs.

In 1955 Buddy and Bob did a show together with Elvis. After the show Jim Denny ask Buddy if he would do an auditon for te Decca lable. Buddy asked two friends, guitarist Sonny Curtis and bassist Don Guess to join them. The records ended up in the hands of Paul Cohen, head of Decca Records' Specialty Division. And from those hands came the contract offer. In January of 1956, Buddy recieved it...made out to Buddy Holly. Bob Montgomery was not included; Buddy didn't want to sign. Montgomery himself talked Buddy into taking advantage of his opportunity. He even travelled to Buddy's first Nashville session...but he never played or sang.

This first contract with Decca was not a succes, after a few months Buddy formed a new band with two other musicians, Guitarist Nikkii Sullivan and bassist Joe Maldin; 'The Crickets'. Jerry Allison stay as drummer. With these line-up; bass, two guitars and drums was Buddy the inventor of the classical formation. Bands like The Shadows, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals and all they other did later the same. He was an innovator end inpirated manu guitarists like Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page.

The Crickets

Buddy Holly and the Crickets made some of the most memorable records of the rock-and-roll era in Norman Petty's off-the-beaten-track homemade studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Their first hit was, 'That'll be the day' and many would be follow. However, the success was for only two years. In early 1959, on the road for a quick tour with his new band, Buddy Holly died in a late-night plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens on Feb. 3rd, 1959.

For the ampflification of the Fender Strat, he first made used of a small Ampeg amplifier from 1957 but later a Fender Twin-Amp, that was a present of Leo Fender.

He did'nt used effect equipment on stage, because the did not exist in those days. He used in the studio the echo effect. Also he frequently using a capo on the fifth or first fret

On February 3, 1959 suddenly the success came to a end. After a gig in the 'Surf Ballroom' in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly take a decision to hire a plane instead to take the tour bus. Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper went along. Five minutes after take off the aircraft "Beechcraft Bonanza", it belong in a heavy snow storm and crashed into a corn field near Mason City, Iowa. No one survived the disaster.

restanten Beechcraft Bonanza

Buddy Holly made the Fender Stratocaster famous. A lot of musicians adopted the Strat as their guitar, and many as a honor at this rock artist.