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Subject: Robbie Robertson - Buddy Holly

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Date Posted: Sat November 19, 2016 09:46:42

Robbie Robertson, guitarist for the Band, has a new memoir out entitled "Testimony" that contains the following anecdote:

"Robertson was just 14 years old when he went to see Alan Freed's Revue tour in the fall of 1957. Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon were all on the bill, but Robertson was most excited to see the headliner: Buddy Holly and the Crickets. After the show, Robertson stormed to the front of the stage and asked the 21-year-old singer-guitarist how he got his unique guitar sound. "Here's the thing," Holly responded, much to Robertson's astonishment. "I got this Fender amp with two 12-inch speakers. I blew one of the speakers, and thought it sounded better, so I left it." "I couldn't believe it," he writes, "not only was Buddy Holly a genuinely nice guy, he was willing to reveal the kind of inside information I was hungry for."

This story doesn't ring true to me. I doubt Holly would perform with an amp that had lost a speaker. Robertson has been known to stretch the truth at times. Any thoughts on this?

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Re: Robbie Robertson - Buddy HollyRamblinJackSat November 19, 2016 11:42:33
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