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Subject: Re: Buddy's Letter to Norman Petty

Roddy Jordan
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Date Posted: Mon February 05, 2018 15:55:09
In reply to: Colin, England. 's message, "Re: Buddy's Letter to Norman Petty" on Fri January 26, 2018 08:12:53

Although I agree with everything that Bill Griggs has stated in the above post, I feel it only fair to point out one fact that he did not state.

Maybe this was unknown to him at the time of his writing?

Allow me to backtrack.

I have in my possession copies of interviews Norman did in 1969, 1974 and 1979. They are very articulate.

In the audio for 1969 Norman very clearly states and reinforces a couple of times, when Buddy approached him to become the groups manager he declined the first two times.

You may ask why?

Simple, his studio was very busy and finally making some money. Plus, he had his own trio being offered plenty of dates after quite a few hits.

He stated Buddy continually kept on asking and on the final occasion stated he (Holly) wanted Norman because next to his Dad, he was the only one he could fully trust.

Norman also states that Buddy knew when he became the groups manager that Norman disliked alcohol and smoking so they knew what they were getting into.

This was fine but kind of faltered on the Australian tour in 1958 when in between shows on Saturday 1st February, a couple of the Crickets and local boy Johnny O'Keefe went to the pub opposite Sydney Stadium for a few ales.

I have a witness to this event and he quite plainly stated that it was apparent, the boys were not used to the strength of Aussie beer compared to back home.

When they got back to the Stadium for the 2nd show the boys were less than sober. I am reliably informed by one of the Crickets that Norman was very very unhappy.

They were not allowed to 'socialise' with O'Keefe anymore after that.

This was the only 'mishap' recorded from the tour except for the day when Jerry Lee Lewis and others put Paul Anka in the boot of a car but that is another story in itself.

So what Norman is saying is that he took the role of their manager very reluctantly and the boys knew what they were getting into.

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