Buddy Holly Songs
On The Acoustic

Best Buddy Holly Songs On The Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to my 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.

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Best Buddy Holly Songs - Tutorials

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

3. Fools Paradise

This song hails from songs recorded between 1954 and 1958 but were never released from the Norman Petty studio in New Mexico. The song is in F.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = you can use all down strokes or a steady down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, E

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

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

Thanks for stopping by my Buddy Holly songs page for the acoustic guitar and I hope you found the info here useful. 

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