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Best Buddy Holly Songs
On The Acoustic

Welcome to my best Buddy Holly songs page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.

Best Buddy Holly Songs On The Acoustic Guitar

September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959 -- (age 22)

Best Buddy Holly Songs - Tutorials

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Blue Days Black Nights - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Everyday - I Fought The law
It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Listen To Me
Maybe Baby - Oh Boy- Peggy Sue
Rockin Around With Ollie Vee
True Love Ways - Words Of Love

1. Blue Days Black Nights

Blue Days Black Nights was released on 16 Apr 1956 as a single with the flip side being a song called Love Me. This was on the Decca label and the song failed to make any headway on the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, E7, D, A7, Ab 

2. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Chuck Berry wrote this song and recorded it himself in 1956. Buddy Holly covered the song and after his death, it became a #3 hit for Buddy in the United Kingdom in 1963.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up  in a steady shuffle
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, A, B7
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3. Everyday

Buddy Holly co-wrote this song with producer Norman Petty and was recorded with his band The Crickets in May of 1957 as a B-side to the single Peggy Sue. John Denver, Bobby Vee and Don MccLean have their own versions of this song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, C, A+, Eb
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4. I Fought The Law

After the death of Buddy Holly, a guy named Sonny Curtis joined The Crickets and he brought along a song he wrote called I Fought The Law. The song was a B-side song to a single called A Sweet Love. Neither song got any airplay in 1959. Years later in 1966 The Bobby Fuller Four band recorded the song and had a national hit. So Buddy Holly never actually sang this song.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a steady up and down shuffle with a few chops in the rhythm
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, A, D7
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5. It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Paul Anka actually wrote this song for Buddy Holly and he recorded it in Oct 1958. After Holly's death in Feb 1959, the song went on to reach #13 in the US and became the first #1 hit for a deceased singer in the UK. Anka has donated all the royalties of the song from Holly's recording and other artists who've recorded the song to the family of Buddy Holly. Now that's class.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat with some sliding bass
  • Picking = a little in the rhythm
  • Chords = G, D, D7, A7, B7
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6. Listen To Me

Listen To Me was a B-side song for the single "Im Gonna Love You Too", which was recorded by Buddy Holly And The Crickets in 1958.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a steady shuffle with some arpeggio notes
  • Picking = a little in the rhythm
  • Chords = A, D, E
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7. Maybe Baby

Norman Perry and Buddy Holly co-wrote this one also and it was recorded in 1957. The song went on the become a top 10 hit in the US, UK and Canada the following year.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = two different patterns can be used in the verses --- one which is a rake pattern (root down up root up down up) and the other is a root down up root up down up .... and there is also all downstrokes in a few places 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = A, Gbm, D, E, A7
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8. Oh Boy

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady up and down pattern
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, D, D7, C7
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9. Peggy Sue

Jerry Allison, who was the drummer for The Crickets, wrote this song during a breakup with this girlfriend Peggy Sue. The song was originally called Cindy Lou, but it was changed to Peggy Sue much to her embarrassment as she later recalled . The song was a #3 hit for Buddy Holly.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a steady shuffle up and down for this one 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = A, D, E
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10. Rockin Around With Ollie Vee

This song was a track on the Buddy Holly album entitled "That'll Be The Day" from 1958. To my knowledge, this song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up shuffle
  • Picking = Yes blended into the rhythm
  • Chords = A, A7, D, Cdim, E
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11. True Love Ways

This song was one of 4 songs that were the last to be recorded by Holly in his final recording session. The song was not released until 1960 and peaked at #25 in the UK and has become one of those best Buddy Holly songs for the acoustic.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down .. down down up down and repeat .. some places you'll want all downstrokes
  • Picking = Yes 
  • Chords = G, Bm, C, D, Em, A7, Am7, D7, Adim, Cm, A+, Eb 
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12. Words Of Love

Buddy Holly actually had his first hit with this song that he wrote, but the hit came not from his recorded version but from The Diamonds version in May of 1957. The Beatles also recorded a version in 1964.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a rake pattern here consisting of root down up root up down up with a few notes picked
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, D, G
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