I just found out this AM when composing our Family newsletter for 2013 that my wife lived in the same bedroom (years apart) as Jerry "JI" Allison of the Buddy Holly and the Crickets fame. FYI - They had many practice sessions in Jerry's garage and that's likely the place they had the "cricket" experience, depicted in the movie. I think Holly's garage was full of tile- his family were tile setters and had their own business.
We learned last year they had moved the Allison house to the Buddy Holly Center and were restoring the house and it was one she, my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law lived in for a year or so. Researching this on line, I found this Article. He states that he lived in the back left bedroom - the same one my wife Judy and her sister Linda shared. I found this fascinating. Jerry says it was large enough to have a piano in - who knows they may have written "That'll Be the Day" in that very room, or part of it.
Kinda neat to have lived ... where history was made.
Thanks, not trying to toot my own horn... I really had nothing to do with either living there or Allison etc. I was just stunned when we figured it out. I asked my wife which bedroom was hers... she replied there were only 2 and she shared one with Linda... the one on the back left.... I had just read the Allison interview about a half hour earlier (she had not).. ..
and that's about as close as I'll ever get to the real Buddy Holly ! always loved his music ! Can't wait to tour the house (it's pretty small; probably take 10 minutes max ! ).
How is it that a bespectacled youth from Texas, who died aged 22 in a plane crash, is still revered 50 years on? Just listen to the outpouring of perfect rock'n'roll Buddy Holly produced in a career that lasted only 18 months, says Spencer Leigh
Yes, I think the guy nailed it. It's not only the quality of music that Buddy put out, but in the short span in which he did it. It shows a creative genius. Many 60s rock groups used his songs or were influenced by them including the Beatles & the Stones.
A lot of me belongs to Buddy Holly. As you know I grew up isolated on a farm in SE Kansas graduating I 1963. We had no phonograph. My sister who was six years older than I had a radio tuned to a rock a Billy station. We made fun of her. As I grew older into my teens I listened to the likes of Bobby Vinten and Paul anka . Hardly rock and roll. I liked country because it included ballads so tuned to those stations.
Then Skip a head to 1984 just after my divorce, I was 39. A friend asked me what type of music I liked and I told him several types including instrumental like drums like Buddy Rich. I was going on a trip to Colorado and went to the store for a tape to play thinking about the drummer and mistakenly picked up a Buddy Holly tape. I listened to that tape the whole trip. I was hooked on rock and roll at the age of 39. Hehehe
I have every one of his songs. I had just bought a new 1985 Mazda Rx7 with removable sun roof. Red of course. I would have a Holly tape going all the time . Living in western Kansas with wide open roads an a sports car. Picture me rolling down the highway at 100 mph with "Oh Boy" playing over the hmmmm of that rotary enginand wind noise . Me singing along.
Yes he was a part of me
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
I love stuff like that. I've had a couple of minor encounters with kind-a sort-a historical residences. During the early 80's I had an apartment in Boston's South End in a newly renovated brownstone on Massachusetts Avenue that had once been a boarding house run by Malcolm X's mother. A few years later, I shot part of a PSA for the Pan Mass Challenge/Jimmy Fund on the front porch of JFK's boyhood home on Beals St. in Brookline.
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