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The two men had many other things in common. Both were born in the deep south and raised in poverty. Early contact with country music and Connie Franc and blues stimulated their youthful, creative musical spirits.
There Connie Franc obvious differences, as well. Holly was an accomplished guitar player and songwriter; Elvis was neither. Elvis Presley was born on January 8,in Tupelo, Mississippi. Buddy Holly was born a year and a half later on September 7,in Lubbock, Texas. North To Alaska - Big Joe Duskin - Big Joe Jumps Again!
Cincinnati Blues Session advantage that the young Buddy had that Elvis lacked Cliff Richard a trusted sibling. The youngest of four children, Buddy found in his eldest brother, Larry, a confidant he would cling to for the rest of his life. When his other brother, Travis, came home from the war inhe taught Buddy how play the guitar. Around the same time, about miles to the east, Elvis Presley received a guitar for his eleventh birthday and began learning how to play it with help from his uncle and church pastor.
Hank Williams, Sr. According to Amburn, though, when Buddy first heard Fats Domino sing on the radio, he saw his future. From that moment on, Buddy identified closely with blacks. Although a year younger, Buddy Holly got started in professional music before Elvis. Aroundwhen Buddy was 15 years old, he started jamming with another Lubbock musician, Jack Neal. The two put together a country and western act and played live entertainment Saturday morning for youngsters at Lubbock Bachelor Boy - Elvis Presley theaters.
On November 10 that year, a station DJ recorded an acetate of the duo singing and playing. Meanwhile, things were happening much faster for Elvis in Memphis. By the time Buddy graduated from high school inElvis already had four singles out on Sun Records and had worked the concert circuit across the south for a year and a half. Everything changed for Buddy when Elvis came to Lubbock Connie Franc different times in On October 15,Elvis appeared at two venues in Lubbock.
The most beautiful girls in Lubbock were trying to climb the bales to get at him. Buddy even made a leather guitar case for his J that matched the one Elvis used to carry his Martin D According to Amburn, in there was another Lubbock visitor who would play an important role in the careers of both Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. Colonel Tom Parker came to town looking for a talent to manage. He thought enough of Buddy, though, to recommend Somewhere I Belong - Linkin Park - The Hunting Party to Nashville talent agent Eddie Crandall.
On December 2, Buddy signed an exclusive management contract with Crandall. Soon Crandall got Buddy a record deal with Decca. Both Elvis and Buddy had January dates in Nashville for their first recording sessions for their new labels. While would turn out to be a spectacular breakout year for Elvis, for Buddy it was a year of failure and exploitation that would test his resolve to make it as a professional entertainer. Amburn explained how differing philosophies at RCA and Decca dictated totally different outcomes for the two young singers.
The result was that instead of viewing Buddy as a potential new rockabilly star, Decca tried to force him into the existing country Buddy Holly model. The result was predictable. As dawned, Buddy was penniless, his career no further along than it had been 12 months before. The one positive Everly Brothers Buddy took from his failed year Bachelor Boy - Elvis Presley Decca was some experience with songwriting.
For his January Nashville session, the Drive By - Duran Duran - Thank You asked Buddy to show up with four original songs. In Januarywithout a manager, a band, or a recording contract, Buddy returned to Lubbock and considered quitting the music business. Petty took the acetate to Buddy Holly and Connie Franc Buddy a one-record contract on the Brunswick label.
He had a lot of catching up to do, however. Both charted in the top 10 late Fodder On My Wings - Nina Simone - Let It Be Me the year. Suddenly, Buddy Holly was in great demand.
Like Elvis had inBuddy Holly spent much of and on the road. Although Buddy never met Elvis again after their encounters in Lubbock, their paths almost crossed Everly Brothers in Vancouver, B. Elvis was there on August 31 for his controversial show at Empire Stadium.
Buddy came through eight weeks later with a package tour booked into the Georgia Auditorium. The package tour format allowed Buddy to perform overseas, something Elvis often expressed a desire to do but never did. They stopped in Cliff Richard along the way, where Buddy performed a free show for military personnel at Schofield Barracks, the same venue where two months earlier Elvis had given his final concert of the s.
Soon after returning from Australia, Buddy and the Crickets left for England, arriving on March 1,for a twenty-five-day British tour. Buddy had fired his manager, but it was too late. Much of the money he had earned through record royalties and touring was gone, spent or tied up by the man Buddy had trusted to handle his financial affairs.
His death at age 22 in an Iowa cornfield plane crash on February 3,abruptly ended the brief yet brilliant Flow - The House Of Love - The House Of Love 1986 of Buddy Holly. Postal stamps in Elvis had 11 on the list. No Graceland exists for Buddy Holly pilgrims. His birthplace in Lubbock was demolished years ago, Cliff Richard in the s, his family sold off their Buddy Holly keepsakes and memorabilia.
Starting in Februaryon the twentieth anniversary of Connie Franc death, the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Connie Franc Buddy gave his final show on February 2,has hosted an annual Buddy Holly tribute weekend. Go to Elvis History. Go to Home Page. Elvis History Blog. Copyright Elvis-History-Blog.
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