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Subject: Re: How much of this is true?


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Mike
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Date Posted: Fri March 04, 2016 08:42:23
In reply to: Jess 's message, "How much of this is true?" on Sun February 28, 2016 05:19:26

Your initial post asked "How much of this is true", well this much can be said, there are a lot of inaccuracies in these few lines...

The lines in question are: "In 1959 Buddy Holley was married, a new father, and he was broke. Even though he had such super hits as “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Oh Boy,” had a highly successful tour of Europe and the U.S. and was second only to Elvis in records sold Buddy was virtually penniless due to an unscrupulous manager."

While it's true that he was still newly married at the time, Buddy was *not* a new father at the time of the WDP... (Sometimes it's said that MEH was pregnant at the time of his death, but I don't think it was ever confirmed either way.)

Second, saying he had a highly successful tour of Europe is a bit of a stretch: The Crickets only toured the UK in 1958-They didn't tour continental Europe, so saying their tour of England was "touring Europe" is a bit of puffing...

Third, it's highly doubtful he was second only to Elvis in terms of record sales: By late 1958, his career was on wobbly legs-"Heartbeat" managed to get to something like #82 in the charts, and "It's So Easy" (with The Crickets) didn't chart at all... Even "Think It Over" from earlier that year just managed to get into the Top 40... "That'll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", and "Oh Boy!" were million sellers, but saying three million sellers in a row put him second only to Elvis in terms of sales is ridiculous... Jerry Lee Lewis had three million sellers in a row, Ricky Nelson had multiple gold records in a row, I think Chuck Berry's records went gold (at least some of them), and Fats Domino was always good for gold records too, and of course The Everly Brothers were pretty hot too, so there are five acts right there that equalled or surpassed Buddy/The Crickets' in terms of sales by 1958/59... He and The Crickets were and are a great act, but because of his early demise, people tend to make it sound like he sold *a lot* more records than he did.

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Re: How much of this is true?GregFri March 04, 2016 23:15:35
Re: How much of this is true?iMon March 07, 2016 11:49:48


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