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Subject: Re: Buddy's Glasses

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Date Posted: Tue February 16, 2016 20:12:51
In reply to: Scott 's message, "Re: Buddy's Glasses" on Fri February 12, 2016 19:32:45

Photos of Buddy show the evolution of his eyeglass frames over the years. The black horn rims that he wore in the first half of 1958 (the glasses he wore on the UK Tour and the Alan Freed spring "Big Beat" Tour) were broken and/or lost during the summer of that year; that is why his wedding photos show him wearing sunglasses indoors. Buddy then shifted to the Mexican Faiosa frames that were discovered by his Lubbock optometrist Dr. J. Davis Armistead. The black Faiosa frames were the ones that Buddy was wearing during the fall of 1958 and on the WDP tour, but it is clear that he obtained extra sets of those frames because Waylon is also wearing light-colored Faiosa frames in the photo booth shots taken in Grand Central Station in NYC, and Bill Griggs was able to retrieve unused Faiosa frames from the patient file maintained by Buddy's New York City optometrist Courmettes & Gaul in Rockefeller Center. Impossible to say for sure, but as Buddy became more invested in his image, had fan club cards printed and became more visible as a solo artist, he may well have acquired extra copies of the Faiosa frames both because they were more difficult to obtain and because he recognized that were an important part of his public persona.

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