Buddy Holly: “Everyday”

Over the weekend, I picked up one of those cheesy (though very convenient) “20th Century Masters” compilations for Buddy Holly. I’d been wanting to dive into Holly’s catalog, and this seemed like as good a place as any.

As amazing and intricate as some of our current music is, I had an urge to scale back. Not one song on this collection reaches the three-minute mark; True Love Ways at 2:51 is the longest. That seems like an amazing feat, considering the lasting power of Holly’s songs through the years. Less sometimes is more, eh?

Anyway, I’d always been interested in Holly because my dad had (which I now possess) an old Wurlitzer jukebox with at least one Holly 45 in there: Peggy Sue b/w Everyday. To me as a kid, Holly just seemed like one of those artists you pass off as an “oldie”; something only your parents would ever listen to, right?

But then in 2000, I took a job as a sportswriter in Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of Holly. Then I find out that I share the same birthday (Sept. 7) as Buddy. Just coincidences, yes, but enough to stir my interest. I visited the Buddy Holly Center a couple of times, and now regret never bringing a camera or fully absorbing the artifacts in there – lyric books, Lubbock High yearbooks, guitars. It also had on display his eyeglasses recovered from that fatal plane crash, which sort of creeped me out.

Not surprisingly, Lubbock, the “Hub City,” a somewhat barren and isolated locale, takes great pride in being Holly’s birthplace. There’s Buddy Holly Avenue, a Buddy Holly Recreation Area, a Buddy Holly statue (above) and so on. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (my onetime employer) has a site dedicated to archived stories about Holly, including a birth announcement mistakenly identifying Buddy as a girl. Oops.

Anyway, I don’t mean for this to be some all-encompassing history or biography. But I imagine many of you won’t ever make to Lubbock, which is just as well (though I will say that the city gets a bit of a bad rap). If anything, Lubbock has produced some great country musicians: Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the Maines Brothers among others. (That’s to speak nothing of one of my favorite albums, Richard Buckner’s Bloomed, being recorded there, with help from Lloyd Maines.)

My guess is the desolation and spartan landscape of Lubbock lends itself to mournful country music. So I’m always surprised when I listen to Holly and the bright guitars and inventive (for its time) instrumentation of his songs.

On Everyday, drummer Jerry Allison produces the procussion line by slapping his knee, and producer Norman Petty’s wife, Vi, played something called a celesta for the chimes effect.

Buddy Holly | Everyday

11 thoughts on “Buddy Holly: “Everyday””

  1. Great post, try to track down Rogue Wave’s version of this song. I’d send it to you, but I lost everything on my hard drive.

  2. i had the same problem, i didn’t know where to begin w/buddy holly, and i got one of those greatest hits cds w/like 25 songs on the album….very good choice and i also got santo and johnny album greatest hits at the same time (feeling kind of nostalgic) to accompany the buddy holly and i have to say that both went hand and hand….

  3. Absolutely wonderful post, I love bold acknowledgements of the importance of early rock ‘n’ roll history and figures like Buddy Holly. Great, and very informative. Thanks.

    PS – I have that Rogue Wave cover of Everyday if you want it.

  4. Great post, Kevin. Better late than never! Buddy was the king of rock& roll (sorry, Elvis fans!).

  5. i just moved to Dallas in March, and plan to spend a weekend in Lubbock when The Missouri Tigers play the TX Tech Red Raiders in f’ball this October. i will mos def check out the BH Center. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. Lubbock. Desolate, empty and barren. But some of the great stories of Holly and his crew come from my hometown of Clovis, NM. Just about 90 miles west of Lubbock, where Holly recorded many of his tracks. Norman Petty Studios. Still standing, with most of the gear used back then.

    Actually, LeeAnn Rimes came to Clovis to record music when she was just breaking at the Petty studios. She was a complete b*tch though. My grandpa said Holly was much nicer.

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