This Historic Day In Music: Buddy Holly

If asked, I could easily put together a list of my ten favorite Buddy Holly songs.

In no particular order…

  • “That’ll Be The Day”
  • “Not Fade Away”
  • “Oh Boy!”
  • “Everyday”
  • “Word Of Love”
  • “Peggy Sue”
  • “Maybe Baby”
  • “Well…All Right”
  • “It’s So Easy”
  • “True Love Ways”

But if I had to pick just one to put in this post, I’d have to go with: “Well…All Right.”


“Well…All Right” was recorded on February 12, 1958 at the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Buddy sings and plays acoustic guitar and is accompanied by Joe B. Maudlin on bass and Jerry Allison on cymbals. Buddy, Joe, Jerry and Norman Petty – who produced the recording – are all given songwriting credit.

“Well…All Right” was released by Coral Records on November 5, 1958. It was the B-side of the 45-rpm single on which the A-side was “Heartbeat.”

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Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas.

He made his first professional recordings for Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee on January 26, 1956.

He recorded his first and biggest hit – “That’ll Be The Day” – on February 25, 1957 at the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

Over the very short course of his career, Buddy Holly – songwriter, singer, guitarist, performer & recording artist – produced one of the most important and influential bodies of work in the history of Popular Music.

Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa. He was 22 years old.

What Buddy Holly song would you have picked?

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4 Responses to This Historic Day In Music: Buddy Holly

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    It seems like anything he put his hands on was good. Love the list…I like his “B” sides also like Black Days Black Nights.
    Well…Alright is a great song. It’s so different…it flows really well.

    • Thanks for your comment. Glad you like the list. I do have to admit that I haven’t heard “Black Days Black Nights.” But I will soon give it a listen! Buddy was a magician, especially in his songwriting.

  2. Michael Mitchell says:

    Tough one Eric! Ahead of his time by years…imagine what he could have done. I’d say mine is “Everyday” but that changes a lot and would be different if I typed this ina hour or two

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