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Subject: Re: John Fogerty biography, Buddy


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Date Posted: Sun January 10, 2016 11:35:02
In reply to: Dale 's message, "Re: John Fogerty biography, Buddy" on Tue January 05, 2016 18:31:08

The history of Buddy's early Decca recordings as they relate to his later work is complicated. Although I'm working from memory here, I think I've got the facts relatively straight:

Buddy recorded a number of songs under contract with Decca in Nashville in 1956. "Blue Days, Black Nights" was the first and most significant single released at/around the time of the sessions. Decca terminated Buddy's contract rather suddenly - they clearly didn't know what they had with Buddy and probably didn't want to deal with him because he was headstrong. The flawed version of "That'll be the Day" (TBTD) was unreleased at that time. Even though the contract was terminated, Decca legally prohibited Buddy from releasing any of the songs he had recorded on another label for a number of years.

Buddy went on to famously re-record TBTD with Norman Petty and his own band for Coral in 1957, a subsidiary label of Decca, and it climbed to #1 on the charts. When Decca discovered that Buddy had illegally re-recorded and released TBTD on one of their labels, they of course then recognized Buddy's potential, chose not to pursue any legal action against him, and let the money roll in from Buddy's releases that followed.

In 1958, Decca finally released the flawed recording of TBTD after the GOOD recording of TBTD was a hit, if only to capitalize on Buddy's fame at that time. Buddy had no say in the release, as the recordings were Decca's property and they could do as they pleased with them.

Thus, John Fogerty was essentially correct: Buddy did not approve the release of the original recording of TBTD. Why would he? The hit version was superior in every way, plus Buddy was reportedly displeased with the production value of the Decca Nashville sessions. Nonetheless, we're very happy that Buddy didn't destroy any of the tapes!

driftwood

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