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Subject: John Mellencamp about Buddy Holly

Mo Andrews
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Date Posted: 14:03:27 06/17/17 Sat
In reply to: Harry van Hemmen 's message, "John Mellencamp about Rock 'n Roll legend Buddy Holly" on 06:29:43 06/16/17 Fri

I agree with nearly everything John has said.

However, I would not go so far as to call Holly a 'hillbilly'.

Country boy yes but hillbilly?

Holly was from the south, a deeply religious area of Texas. In fact, right in the centre of the bible belt. His family were all deeply religious (and still are).

You only have to listen to the country style songs he recorded with Bob Montgomery to find out what his roots were.

Songs such as 'Flower Of My Heart and I Gambled My Heart' both from the Holly In The Hills LP really do reflect his roots. Also, 'Soft Place In My Heart'.

However, it all changed when he saw Elvis and the rest as they ..........

Many of his songs were issued after his death and still sold extremely well especially in places such as England, Australia, Holland and Germany. Still to this day, he is very highly regarded in these countries.

It is sad in a way that his home country virtually forgot him until the so badly produced movie came out in the late 1970's and the U.S. re-discovered his music. it is just a pity that for facts, the movie was woefully inadequate.

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