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Buddy Holly True Love Ways

Welcome to my Buddy Holly True Love Ways page where you'll find a collection of demo covers for more than a dozen Buddy Holly songs along with free chord sheets, rhythm tips and more.

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1. Blue Days Black Nights

This song was on Buddy's last album "That'll Be The Day" released in 1958. 

But this song and Morden Don Juam were released as singles in 1956. Low sales convinced Decca to halt releasing additional songs.



  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root dn root up dn up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A-E7-D-D7-Ab
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2. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Chuck Berry wrote this song and released his version in 1956, scoring a #5 hit with the song.

Singer Buddy Holly recorded the song in 1957 but it wasn't released until after his death, where is reached #3 on the charts in the UK. It was from the 1963 "Reminiscing" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: steady dn up dn up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E-A-B7-D
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3. Everyday

Buddy Holly co-wrote this song with Norman Petty and recorded the song with The Crickets in May 1957. The song was released on the B-side of Peggy Sue. 

The song can be found on the album "Buddy Holly". There is no mention of The Crickets as being on this recording but it was recorded with them.

Download the free Everyday Buddy Holly chords sheet below.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: dn up pause up dn up pause up & repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G-Em-Am7-D7-C-F-A#-Eb
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4. Fools Paradise

Buddy Holly co-wrote this song with Norman Petty and recorded the song with The Crickets in May 1957. The song was released on the B-side of Peggy Sue. 

The song can be found on the album "Buddy Holly". There is no mention of The Crickets as being on this recording but it was recorded with them.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: steady dn dn dn dn with some rock n roll riffst 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D-G-A-E-D7b
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5. I Fought The Law

This song was never actually recorded by Buddy Holly as far as I know ... it's listed here because  his band "The Crickets" recorded the song.

It was written by band member Sonny Curtis who actually took the place of Buddy Holly when he died in that horrific place crash in Feb of 1959. 

Bobby Fuller Four Band released a version in 1965 and it's the most well known version. The Clash covered the song also in 1979. 

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  steady shuffle with some chops 
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: D-G-A-D7
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6. It Doesn't Matter Anymore

This song was written by Canadian Paul Anka specifically for Buddy and he recorded the song in 1958. The song was released in Jan of 1959, the month before Buddy's death.

The song reached #13 and became his last top 20 hit song from the compilation album "The Buddy Holly Story".

Paul Anka donated his royalties from the song to Buddy Holly's wife saying it was the least he could. Paul Anka lives in Ottawa Canada and is still alive at age 80 as of Jan 2022.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  root dn up dn up dn up & repeat with some riffs
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G-D-D7-Em-A7
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7. Listen To Me

This track can be found on the album "Buddy Holly" released in Feb 1958.

It was the B-side to the single "I'm Gonna Love You Too" which failed to chart.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  root dn up dn dn root dn up dn dn shuffle 
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: A-D-E
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8. Maybe Baby

Buddy Holly and The Crickets recorded an album called "The Chirping Crickets", and this song was one of the tracks from that record.

The single peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 charts, #8 on the R&B charts and reached #4 in the UK in 1958.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  root dn up dn up root up dn up (or) root dn up root up dn up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A-Gbm-D-E-A7
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9. Oh Boy

This song was also from the recording with The Crickets in 1958 and reached # 10 on the Hot 100, #15 on the R&B and #3 in the UK in 1958.

Buddy changed the lyrics in the line from "you're gonna see what you've been missing" to "you don't know what you've been missing" according songwriter Sonny West. He never did find out why.


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm:  steady dn up stop up down up stop up 
  • Picking: Yes a little
  • Chords: G-C-D-C7
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10. Peggy Sue

This song Peggy Sue hails from the 1957 album "Buddy Holly". The song reached #3 in the US and #6 in the UK. Below is my Buddy Holly Peggy Sue cover.

The original title was Cindy Lou (Buddy's niece) but later changed to Peggy Sue,  which was the Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. She first heard the song at a live performance at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium and later said she was so embarrassed she could have died. 

Download the free Buddy Holly Perry Sue lyrics below.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  steady up & dn shuffle 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords:  A-D-E
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11. Rave On

This song also hails from the "Buddy Holly" album of 1958 and the song was released as a single, peaking at #37 in the US and #5 in the UK. 

Sonny West, the writer of the song, also recorded a version a few months before Buddy recorded it. On the 2004 best 500 songs of all time from Rolling Stone, the song ranked #154.

Download the free Rave on Buddy Holly lyrics below.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  steady up & dn shuffle 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords:  G-C-D
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12. Reminiscing

This was the name of an album that was released 4 years after the death of Buddy Holly and made it's appearance in 1963. The song of the same name.

King Curtis wrote this number and it appeared on this album which was made up of some un-released material Buddy Holly had recorded before his death in Feb 1959.

Three singles were released and Reminiscing reached #17 in the UK in 1962.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes 
  • Capo: 2nd fret for original key
  • Rhythm: can play all downstrokes or use a down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A-D-G
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13. Rockin Around With Ollie Vee

In 1957 this song was released as a single from the "That'll Be The Day" album, but the song failed to chart in the US or UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:  steady dn up dn up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords:  A-A7-D-Cdim-E
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14. True Love Ways

Buddy Holly did record this song in 1958 but he died before the single was released in Mar of 1960. The single did reach #25 in the UK but did not chart in the US.

The song can be found on the "The Buddy Holly Story Vol 2".

Peter & Gordon had a big hit with their version in 1965 and Mickey Gilley released a version in 1980.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm:  dn dn up dn - dn dn up dn dn & repeat 
  • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
  • Chords:  G-Bm-C-D-Em-A7-Am7-Adim-Em-Ab-F-G-A+
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15. Words Of Love

Buddy Holly wrote this song and released it in 1957 but the song did not chart. It's found on the album "Buddy Holly". Buddy also sang harmony with himself on this song.

The Diamonds and The Beatles both covered this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm:  root dn up root up dn up
  • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
  • Chords:  G-C-D
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Buddy Holly Wiki Page

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A Short Brief About Buddy Holly

This is not a full Buddy Holly biography. Go to wikipedia for more info.

Buddy was from Lubbock Texas and grew up learning to play the guitar. He had several songs in the top 10 during his short career.

Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly performed together as Waylon played bass in the band. In fact Waylon was on stage with Buddy for his last performance.

What happened to Buddy Holly? He died in a tragic plane crash on the way to another event while on tour. Who died with Buddy Holly? Ritchie Valens (17) and Jiles Perry Richardson Jr (29), a.k.a The Big Bopper, who wrote the first hit for George Jones called "White Lightning" as well as pilot Roger Peterson. Where did Buddy Holly crash?  In a field in Clear Lake Iowa shortly after takeoff. Buddy Holly was 22.

Don McLean wrote a famous song about the tragedy ... "Bye Bye Miss American Pie". 


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