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Subject: 65 Years Ago Yesterday

Randy Steele
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Date Posted: Mon December 18, 2023 08:23:54

It was on this day 65 years ago yesterday that inside an apartment in Greenwich Village in New York that Buddy Holly played and sang a song he’d written called “Learning The Game” onto his Ampex recorder. Over the previous two weeks, Buddy had recorded a total of six songs he’d written onto that tape recorder.

Without question, 1958 had been an incredibly successful year for Buddy Holly and The Crickets. At a time when most people their age hadn’t left their hometown or the state they lived in, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Joe B. Mauldin had traveled around the globe, from England to Australia to Canada to Hawaii, and across the United States, all while playing rock-n-roll.

Their touring schedule was intense and with little time off. Finally, the boys took a break during the summer but during that time, Jerry Allison married Peggy Sue Gerron and Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago. The new couples even honeymooned together in Mexico and then prepared to go back on the road again. The boys were growing tired of constantly being on the road and of constantly being around one another. As the summer began to collapse into fall, the leaves weren’t the only things changing.

Buddy Holly and Maria Elena were now living in New York, with hopes of Buddy learning the ins and outs of the business side of music. Buddy had big plans, such as opening his own studio in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas. Meanwhile, Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin decided to remain in Clovis, New Mexico under the guidance of manager Norman Petty.

October 28th saw Buddy Holly and The Crickets make an appearance on “American Bandstand”. It was shortly after this appearance that a meeting took place in Clovis and a decision was made by the boys to take a desperately needed break. The boys agreed that Jerry and Joe B. would keep The Crickets band name and Buddy would be billed as just Buddy Holly.

Surprisingly, a little more than three weeks after appearing on American Bandstand, on November 21st, The Crickets were back in the studio in Clovis recording, only this time without Buddy Holly. Sonny Curtis had taken over playing lead guitar, and Earl Sinks was now the lead vocalist.

Was it over for Buddy Holly and The Crickets? On the surface, it certainly may have appeared that way. The Crickets had a new singer, a new guitar player, and new music. Buddy Holly on the other hand, was suddenly a man without a band. But not for long…

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Re: 65 Years Ago YesterdayJason ukTue December 19, 2023 07:17:40
Re: 65 Years Ago YesterdayDale (Hi Randy)Tue December 19, 2023 17:55:35

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