The Buddy Holly Story (album)

Released February 28, 1959
Recorded February 25, 1957 – May 27, 1958 at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico
September 27–28, 1957 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City
January 25, 1958 – October 21, 1958 in New York City
Genre Rock and roll
Label Coral
Producer Norman Petty, Dick Jacobs, Bob Thiele

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Buddy Holly Story is the first posthumously released compilation album by American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The album was released on February 28, 1959 (see 1959 in music) by the Coral record label less than a month after Holly’s death.

The album featured previously released singles by Buddy Holly on both the Brunswick label (with the Crickets) and the Coral label (as a solo artist). The album became a top twenty hit in both the United States and England.

The album was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1969 by the RIAA.

When Coral Records released The Buddy Holly Story as a 12″ 33⅓ rpm LP record, they also released the four songs “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, “Heartbeat”, “Raining In My Heart”, and “Early in the Morning” – which were included on the LP version – as a 7″ 45 rpm EP record which was also titled as The Buddy Holly Story (catalog number EC-81182). The EP peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine’s Best Selling Pop EPs chart.

In April 1960, Coral Records released a sequel to The Buddy Holly Story titled The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2. The album was also used as the title of the soundtrack album to the 1978 film of the same name.

Track listing

Side 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. “Raining In My Heart” Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 2:48
2. “Early in the Morning” Bobby Darin, Woody Harris 2:06
3. “Peggy Sue” Jerry Allison, Norman Petty, Buddy Holly 2:29
4. “Maybe Baby” Petty, Holly 2:01
5. “Everyday” Holly, Petty 2:07
6. “Rave On!” Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, Petty 1:49

Side 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. “That’ll Be the Day” Allison, Petty, Holly 2:17
2. “Heartbeat” Buddy Holly, Bob Montgomery[6] 2:09
3. “Think It Over” Holly, Petty, Allison 1:43
4. “Oh, Boy!” West, Tilghman, Petty 2:07
5. “It’s So Easy!” Holly, Petty 2:09
6. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” Paul Anka 2:04


The following people contributed to The Buddy Holly Story:

Buddy Holly – lead vocals, guitar
Al Chernet – guitar on “Early in the Morning”
George Barnes – guitar on “Early in the Morning”
Sanford Bloch – bass on “Early in the Morning”
Ernest Hayes – piano on “Early in the Morning”
Sam “The Man” Taylor – tenor saxophone on “Early in the Morning”
Panama Francis – drums on “Early in the Morning”
Philip Krous – drums on “Early in the Morning”
The Helen Way Singers – background vocals on “Early in the Morning”
Niki Sullivan – guitar, background vocals
Joe B. Mauldin – bass
Jerry Allison – drums
The Picks – background vocals
Norman Petty – producer
Vi Petty – celeste on “Everyday”
Al Caiola – guitar on “Rave On!”
Donald Arnone – rhythm guitar on “Rave On!”
Bob Thiele – producer on “Rave On!”
Larry Welborn – bass on “That’ll Be the Day”
June Clark – background vocals on “That’ll Be the Day”
Gary Tollet – background vocals on “That’ll Be the Day”
Romano Tollet – background vocals on “That’ll Be the Day”
Tommy Allsup – lead guitar
George Alwood – bass on “Heartbeat”
The Roses – background vocals
Vi Petty – piano on “Think It Over”
Dick Jacobs – producer
Ren Grevatt – liner notes