Buddy Holly

Not so much a greatest hits collection but just those songs with personal meaning to yours truly – first time with more than four tracks for a long while:


Ordinarily, it seems to me, people don’t like the songs immediately behind them or in front, they like those they’ve grown up with – thus mine were late 60s and through the 70s, the 80s were pretty dire but I became interested again in the 90s, mainly through girl overload, then not in the least after that.

I’ve been trying to work out what Buddy Holly’s and other 50s songs had that was then lost from the mid-60s onwards. Also, immediately before the 50s it was missing too – that sophisticated, blended big band sound dominated – bland and bleak, e.g. Glenn Miller

The 50s brought back vibrancy, don’t know why, they seemed to go back to that thinner sound with the individual instruments clearly discernible, lower tech, more innocence, greater happiness too. The only other decade like it for raw excitement was the 20s – now why would that be?

Plus the fashions were better in the 20s and 50s.

Heartbeat was sung too fast by Buddy, Herman’s Hermits had a good version, but this below is maybe the best on youtube, although the girl seems so into herself, way too much ego:

Many’s the drive through that countryside, a certain person in the passenger seat, hair blowing wildly in the breeze at the foot of each hill, lunch at a country pub. Life can be good.

5 comments for “Buddy Holly

  1. January 12, 2019 at 22:00

    At one point in my youth I had every Buddy Holly recording (on my tapes) including those ‘demos’ found in his garage a while after his death. After BH, as the song goes, the music died too.

  2. January 13, 2019 at 01:36

    I like some of Buddy Holly’s songs, but I don’t like Buddy Holly singing them. He had a soulless vocal style.

  3. woodsy42
    January 13, 2019 at 01:47

    There was a charm, simplicity and honesty to much of that 50s and early 60s music. It was positive, life was improving for many people, and it was about ordinary occurences and feelings – usually teenage infatuations, but being an occasionally infatuated teenager back then that was relevent. In the later 60s UK music became much more about social protest and much more cynical while in the USA the Vietnam war had an increasing influence.
    Oddly US country music, lyrically anyhow, has more in common with the 60s positivism, being more about traditional relationships, values and family than mainstream ‘pop’ is- such a shame it’s it’s musically so one dimensional.
    It’s a thought anyhow.

  4. January 13, 2019 at 05:34

    Two good points there.

    His voice suits some songs, e.g. Love is Strange and I prefer it to Mickey and Sylvia’s – too harsh to my ears but not on others like Heartbeat, where Nick Berry’s was softer and more suited IMHO.

    Plus the themes did change – less joyful, yet smuttier. I wrote of the day the dancing changed too and pinpointed that to The Twist from 1960, outwardly joyful but they snuck in dancing alone and gyrating at a partner from a metre away – that was the end of human contact in popular dance.

    It’s taken till [these days] now for me to wake up to all this. As someone starts trends for young people, someone started these too. Why? Why would young people cease wishing for contact with the opposite sex?

    The only thing I can think, looking back, is that the bolder and more in crowd were still getting contact but in a more directly sexual way.

    It’s not one I’ve explored yet – just why was it Ok in the minds of young people to cease all physical contact on the dance floor? In one sense, the 60s were more innocent than the 40s and 50s.

    Afterthought – perhaps chaperoning became less stringent – in earlier days, the only contact was at arranged dances so they made the most of it. This non-contact had already started when I got going, except in the slow dances, which were romantic. Was earlier rock ‘n roll less romantic, about the level of shaking hands?


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