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Subject: Re: Buddy Holly and The Beatles were not the first

Darren Mullins
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Date Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 06:12:37
In reply to: Mulligan 's message, "Re: Buddy Holly and The Beatles were not the first" on Wed May 15, 2019 11:03:46

When I said many of his songs weren't hits, I meant in the Top 40, but as we all know, non charted songs like Not Fade Away are classics now. I was also trying to say that having one or two self-written hit songs doesn't exactly set a standard. It is true that guys like Carl Perkins hit it big first, but he, along with some of the others, only had one or two big hits by the time Buddy and the Crickets came out. Three out of four of Buddy's first hits were written by him. Other singers wrote songs as well, but Buddy was one of the first to have multiple hits with his own material. Let's look at the list of standards or hits that Buddy wrote in a matter of less than three years:

That'll Be The Day
Peggy Sue
Not Fade Away
It's So Easy
Maybe Baby
Think It Over
Words Of Love
Well, All Right
True Love Ways

Remember that this list only includes songs he wrote, it does not inclue Rave On, Oh Boy and It Doesn't Matter Anymore.

Let's look at the number of standards by some of the other acts:

Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues
Twenty Flight Rock
Cut Across Shorty
Somethin' Else
C'mon Everybody

Carl Perkins
Blue Suede Shoes
Honey Don't

Little Richard
Tutti Fruitti
Long Tall Sally
Keep A Knockin'

Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode
School Day
Rock And Roll Music
Roll Over Beethoven
You Never Can Tell
Sweet Little Sixteen
Maybelline (rewrite of a Bob Willis song)

From what I just said, Buddy and the Crickets were a lot more prolific at recording original material and making it standards. Buddy was not the first though, but one of the first and probably the most prolific in terms of how many songs became standards.

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Re: Buddy Holly and The Beatles were not the firstLachlanSun May 19, 2019 04:41:15

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