This months Throwback Thursday will focus on the 1950’s
A decade which started Rock’n’Roll.
For the last Throwback Thursday of December, we look at one of the worlds most influential artists when it comes to Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, and his self titled 1958 album. Buddy was one of the biggest influences to some of the biggest artists in Rock’n’Roll history, such as The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and also Elton John.
This album featured some of Buddy Holly’s biggest hits, ‘Words Of Love’, ‘Peggy Sue’, and ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too’. The backing music was supplied by Buddy Holly’s famous backing group, ‘The Crickets’. Holly wrote/co-wrote 6 of the songs featured on the album, these were, ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Look At Me’, ‘Listen To Me’, ‘Everyday’, and ‘Words Of Love’.
One of the co-writers, Norman Petty, also featured as a session musician on two of the songs, one playing the organ, the other playing piano. Other musicians who featured on the album were Holly himself, who played guitar, as did Niki Sullivan. These two were accompanied by Jerry Allison, and Joe Maudlin, who were the bass and drums respectively, these four made up The Crickets. Alongside the crickets were plenty of additional personnel, from people such as Al Caiola and Vi Petty, who were guitar and piano respectively, amongst many others.
From this album, 3 singles were released from the original songlist, ‘Words of Love (B-side- Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues)’, ‘Peggy Sue (B-side Everyday)’, and ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too (B-side Listen To Me)’. This album was Buddy Holly’s 1st album, and aside from the film soundtrack ‘That’ll Be The Day’, was his last, due to his unfortunate death which was caused by a plane accident, and also killed fellow musicians Richie Valens and The Big Bopper, this album was in a way Holly’s last.
The songs off this album were the ones that influenced British rock’n’roll, and some were covered by The Beatles and were even released onto their early albums. I believe it is safe to say that, had Buddy’s life not been cut short by the unfortunate events of that winter’s night, then the rest of his music would have influenced these acts even more, and their music may have even taken a different turn, and nobody knows what could have been.
Next month, this section will feature on the decade that changed everything, and the decade where some of the most important, and most recognisable songs in the world have came from. This is of course the 60’s.