Archive for the ‘Buddy Holly’ Category

Buddy Holly’s great legacy

March 18, 2009
Idly browsing the supermarket CD racks to see what pap the populace is currently wasting its money on, my attention was grabbed by The Very Best Of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, a new 50 track double CD retailing at under £10.

I was probably attracted by the strikingly lovely cover artwork – red background to a pair of those geeky “library frame” spectacles which were Buddy’s trademark.

But it was also the sheer surprise of seeing a Holly disc in the top 50 racks.

Then the penny dropped – it’s the 50th anniversary of the Texan rockabilly’s death, so a prime catalogue exploitation opportunity for whichever multinational conglomerate now owns the legacy.

Along with the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, Holly created the definitive late ‘50s soundscape (oh, forget Elvis). The new album is a fine sampler of Buddy Holly’s great art (track list below) – it has his best-known work.

But there is an earlier, single disc, album of the same name; it has the first 36 of these tracks and is all the Holly most people will ever need. As it’s widely available – eg from – at a mere £5, it’s a better choice, and highly recommended.

The Very Best Of Buddy Holly & The Crickets (2009)
Disc: 1
1. Heartbeat
2. That’ll Be The Day
3. Peggy Sue
4. Oh, Boy!
5. Rave On
6. Think It Over
7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
8. Love’s Made A Fool Of You
9. True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
10. Raining In My Heart
11. Everyday
12. Wishing
13. It’s So Easy
14. Listen To Me
15. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
16. Words Of Love
17. I’m Gonna Love You Too
18. Well…All Right
19. Bo Diddley
20. Blue Suede Shoes
21. Shake Rattle & Roll
22. What To Do
23. Midnight Shift
24. Love Is Strange
25. Crying, Waiting, Hoping

Disc: 2
1. Peggy Sue Got Married
2. Maybe Baby
3. Early In The Morning
4. You’re So Square (Baby, I Don’t Care)
5. Reminiscing
6. Valley Of Tears
7. Learning The Game
8. Look At Me
9. Fool’s Paradise
10. Take Your Time
11. Not Fade Away
12. Blue Monday
13. Girl On My Mind
14. Love Me
15. Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight
16. Rock-A-Bye Rock
17. Send Me Some Lovin’
18. Moondreams
19. You’ve Got Love
20. Ready Teddy
21. You’re The One
22. You Are My One Desire
23. Changing All Those Changes
24. That Makes It Tough
25. It’s Too Late

Gerry Smith

A fine Buddy Holly documentary

February 10, 2009
Last week’s BBC4 Buddy Holly documentary, from Arena in 1985, was a nice mixture of dramatic original footage and analysis by expert talking heads. As well as Crickets, both a Beatle – Paul McCartney – and a Stone – Keefe – testified to Holly’s overwhelming impact on their own musical development.


You can still catch it online – until midnight on Wednesday 11 Feb – on BBC iPlayer:

Buddy Holly, like 170 other great musicians, is celebrated in my new book, Music For Grown-Ups. For full details, please click on the book cover at the top left of the Home Page of the master website:

Gerry Smith

FREE! Music for grown-ups on air in the next seven days

March 25, 2008

Over the next seven days, I hope to catch/record these tempting TV/radio broadcasts: 

Wed/Th – nothing 

Fri 28 March

2000 Sacred Music (2/4) – BBC Four

2230 Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3 

Sat 29 March

2000 Buddy Holly, Icons Revisited (1/10), BBC Radio 2 

Mon 31 March

2045 Manuel de Falla, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3 (1/5, continues Tues-Fri)

2230 Karita Mattila (Finnish soprano), Artist Focus – BBC Radio 3

(1/4, continues Tues-Thurs)

2300 Maths And Music – BBC Radio 3, (1/4, continues Tues-Thurs)