Buddy Holly Greatest Hits
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September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959 -- (age 22)

12 Buddy Holly Greatest Hits

Blue Days Black Nights
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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.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man
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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.

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Buddy Holly co-wrote this song with producer Noaman 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.

I Fought The Law
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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.

It Doesn't Matter Anymore
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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.

Listen To Me
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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.

Maybe Baby
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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.

Oh Boy
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Sonny West, a member of The Crickets, co-wrote this song and Rave On. Oh Boy was recorded in the summer of 1957 and released in the fall. By 1958 the song was a top 10 hit for Buddy holly.

Peggy Sue
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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.

Rockin Around With Ollie Vee
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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.

True Love Ways
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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.

Words Of Love
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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.

This concludes the overview of the Buddy Holly Greatest Hits section.

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