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Moving on with the second half of a show done 50 Years To The Day after that Infamous Plane Crash on Feb. 3rd 1959, this Chapter is all Buddy Holly.
To me, Buddy ranks closely up there with the Beatles, and there is a real connection between them.
The Beatles chose their name because they wanted something similar to The Crickets- something that was clever and had two meanings.
I'll have Music from both.
But the most remarkable thing in here, and you may never have heard it, is an interview Alan Freed did with Buddy Holly just a few months before the Crash.
There are the two them laughing and joking about all the dangerous Plane Rides they had taken on tour together the year before!
It's very eerie...almost surreal!
Give a listen, it's a nice collection of Rock & Roll and not all 50's Oldies!
Continued next week.
Here are the links to choose from, and Buddy is a Personal Favorite of Mine, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:
At Soundcloud:

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Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 10:04pm

No, first I am hearing about it.

Thanks a lot, you are sharp!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 8, 2015 at 8:10pm

Hey, have you seen this?

Joe B. Mauldin, center. Credit: Hulton Archive, Getty Images

In a sad coincidence, Buddy Holly bassist Joe B. Mauldin has died just days after the anniversary of his boss’ tragic end. Mauldin passed this morning (Feb. 7); the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 74.

Mauldin, who like Holly was a Lubbock, Texas, native, took over bass duties from Larry Welborn just after the Crickets recorded their initial single, 1957′s ‘That’ll Be the Day.’ The group was rounded out by Niki Sullivan and Jerry Allison, though Sullivan (who died of a heart attack at age 66 in 2004) later left to return to school.

Together with Holly, they’d release a string of hits in quick succession after ‘That’ll Be the Day’ became a chart-topping smash, including ‘Oh, Boy!,’ ‘Maybe Baby,’ ‘Peggy Sue’ and ‘Rave On’ — and that was only through 1958. “It did feel like everything was happening super fast,” Mauldin later told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Then Holly was killed on Feb. 3, 1959, along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (whose real name was J.P. Richardson), when his plane went down outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. Mauldin, Allison and early Holly collaborator Sonny Curtis were left to continue as the Crickets, appearing with a series of replacement vocalists. The trio also backed the Everly Brothers on a 1959-60 tour. Their take on ‘Don’t Ever Change,’ featuring Jerry Naylor, saw the Crickets reach No. 5 on the UK charts in 1962.

By then, members of the Beatles had become huge fans. “It truly meant so much to me to have Paul McCartney tell me face to face, ‘If there had not been the Crickets, there never would have been the Beatles,’” Mauldin remembered.

He left in 1965 to focus on engineering, with a home base out of Los Angeles’ Gold Star Studios. There, he worked with Phil Spector, Herb Alpert, Ike and Tina Turner and Leon Russell, among others. Occasional reunions with Allison as the Crickets followed over the years — notably, a 2004 all-star album with Eric Clapton and Graham Nash titled ‘The Crickets and their Buddies’ — but little separate recognition followed. That is, until 2012 when Mauldin and the rest of the Crickets joined 1996 inductee Buddy Holly in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mauldin wasn’t bitter. “It feels great being inducted now,” he said in 2012. “I think anytime someone thinks enough of you to induct you into their organization, you should be happy.”

Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 6:47pm

Three little letters...that mean so much, LOL!

You know, these shows get better with age, you know that, right...hahahaha?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 8, 2015 at 6:44pm
Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 5:53pm

That's right I did.

No I liked him then, until he pulled the rug out from under me.

You know, I can't remember how we met, it must have been there!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 8, 2015 at 5:20pm

I'm positive you posted it on another site way back, a site whose owner you didn't much care for.

Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 3:07pm



You need a stenographer, lol!

But you really think you've heard this before?

Then thanks for the re-listen and writing,


Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 3:03pm
I know, very uncharacteristic for him, it was like he couldn't wait to get out of there.
You think it might be "the change"?
I can't tell, he's ALWAYS's his most endearing quality, lol!
That's right, he didn't even say anything about Weezer.
He likes or dislikes them?
Wasn't that interview something? Very creepy.
See, the Crickets-Beatles connection, that's what I am here for, lol!
I remember Sheila by Tommy Roe very well, he had Buddy down pat, complete with the Holly Hiccup.
Give a listen to Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee for another soundalike (and a deeper story, Vee was an unknown who replaced Holly on that tour).
Sheila by Tommy Roe really reminds me of Buddy Holly- the version Greg Kihn did here, well Greg took much of the Buddy out of it and made it his own.
For pure Rock I'd take the Greg Kihn, for mindless fun it'd be the Tommy Roe, lol!
At least to these ears anyway.
Thanks for the listen and writing, and that song, hadn't heard it before you supplied it,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 8, 2015 at 2:52pm

Mike, I re-listened, but I didn't make any notes, so I'll just say good show as usual.  Enjoyed it.

Comment by Mike Pell on February 8, 2015 at 2:42pm


You SOUND sincere!

Also like a politician at the podium being asked a specific question, lol!

Thanks for the listen...and writing,


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