They even took their name from his Crickets, also going for an insect theme, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney both regularly cited him as a main influence. The pair went to see him for the first time at Sunday Night at the London Palladium, studying not just his tunes but the whole style, his dress sense, on-stage moves, the way Holly chatted between songs and the way he came up with simple but unforgettable lyrics. Melodies that would get people whistling and then unable to get them out of their head, still whistling them as they wandered into the record shop to buy the latest single — it was stuff that Buddy Holly mastered first, and students like John and Paul then copied. He was completely different, out of Nashville, so that introduced us to the country music scene. Another person who has never forgotten Holly is his niece, Sherry Holley, an artist, singer and guitarist herself, who keeps his memory alive.
He was born in Lubbock, Texas , to a musical family during the Great Depression , and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music , country music , and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in , and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In , after opening for Elvis Presley , he decided to pursue a career in music. He opened for Presley three times that year; his band's style shifted from country and western to entirely rock and roll. Holly's recording sessions at Decca were produced by Owen Bradley , who had become famous for producing orchestrated country hits for stars like Patsy Cline.
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Nearly a year after the year-old disappeared from Union Cafe, friends, family and police search for answers in his mysterious death. Joey LaBute wasn't the type to barhop. His cousin Stacey Reigle and her then-husband Kyle Reigle, along with some other family and friends, were going to be at the Union to celebrate Kyle, who had recently come out as gay.
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