1950 Fender Pro Amp and Buddy Holly

1950 Fender Pro Amp


Fender guitar amp made famous by a pioneer of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Stumbled onto this vintage listing at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar, a 1950 Fender Pro Amp similar to the amp used by Buddy Holly to record his hits such as That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue.

1950 Fender Pro Amp TV Front
Photo courtesy Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar

For more excellent photos and full detail, here is the link to the listing:
1950 Fender Pro TV Front Tweed Vintage Tube Guitar Amplifier

After failing to chart a hit with the recordings he made with Decca Records in 1956, Buddy Holly and his band The Crickets drove 90 miles east of their home town Lubbock, Texas to record at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. Working with Norman Petty as his producer and engineer, Holly had the freedom to play and record his songs the way he intended them to sound, which ultimately had a lasting impact on rock ‘n’ roll.

Buddy Holly & The Crickets on stage
Left to Right: Niki Sullivan, Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Joe B. Maudlin. Photo source unknown

Ironically, the same Fender amp that Holly used in Clovis to record his hits remains there to this day. The grill cloth is a different color, but here’s a photo of Buddy Holly’s amp, currently on display at Norman Petty Recording Studios in Clovis, humbly being played by yours truly while visiting in 2016. 😎

A. Byron Balogh playing Buddy Holly's amp in the Norman Petty Recording Studio, Clovis, New Mexico

Hashtags: #BuddyHolly #Clovis #FenderTweedProAmp #NormanPetty

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The Real Buddy Holly Story by Sonny Curtis

Sonny Curtis singing the Real Buddy Holly Story

Sonny Curtis

Here is Sonny Curtis playing his guitar and singing a special song he wrote as a tribute to his childhood friend, Buddy Holly, called The Real Buddy Holly Story.

He wrote the early rocker Rockin’ Around with Ollie Vee and later wrote the famous theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He basically grew up with Buddy Holly and the Crickets. He travelled to Nashville in 1956 and played lead guitar on Buddy’s Decca recordings made at Owen Bradley’s Barn (aka the Quonset Hut). Later, Sonny became a permanent member of The Crickets after Buddy’s passing.

Here he is playing and singing a song he penned called The Real Buddy Holly Story.


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Buddy Holly History, January 23, 1986


On this day, January 23 1986, Buddy Holly was inducted into the very first class of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Included in the very first inaugural class of inductees:

      • Chuck Berry
      • James Brown
      • Ray Charles
      • Sam Cooke
      • Fats Domino
      • The Everly Brothers
      • Buddy Holly
      • Jerry Lee Lewis
      • Little Richard
      • Elvis Presley

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Buddy Holly History, December 7, 1955

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess



On this day December 7, 1955, Buddy Holly travelled from Lubbock to Wichita Falls, Texas with friends Sonny Curtis, Don Guess, and Jerry Allison to record a demo record at Nesman Recording Studio. The songs recorded that day were:

  • Moonlight Baby* (unissued)
  • I Guess I Was Just A Fool (unissued)
  • Don’t Come Back Knockin’ (demo)
  • Love Me (demo) 

* Moonlight Baby was an alternate title for Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight.

Buddy sang and played guitar. Others participating were Sonny Curtis (guitar), Don Guess (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums)

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess. Photo courtesy of Sonny Curtis.

Hashtags: #BuddyHolly #SonnyCurtis #DonGuess  #Lubbock #WichitaFalls #NesmanStudio

John Fogerty Inducts Buddy Holly to Rock Hall of Fame



Watch John Fogerty induct Buddy Holly into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

In the inaugural year of the Rock Hall of Fame, here is the Class of 1986. You simply can’t beat this list:

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Buddy Holly Day 2019


Buddy Holly Day is coming September 7, Buddy’s birthday. Stay tuned for more details.

#BuddyHollyDay

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The Day The Rock Star Died on AXS TV


Axs TV has a full night of Buddy Holly on tap for tonight!

9:00 PM – First, Gary Busey sings and plays electric guitar in his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy Holly in the Academy Award winning movie ‘The Buddy Holly Story.’

11:15 PM – ‘Rock Legends: Buddy Holly’ – A 30-minute mini-documentary on the life and musical impact of Buddy Holly.

11:45 PM – ‘The Day The Rock Star Died’ featuring the life of Buddy Holly. Another mini-documentary created for the 60th Anniversary of his death.
Here’s the trailer.

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Buddy Holly Remembered in Special Edition

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Special Anniversary Edition

Vintage Rock Magazine of Britain has issued a special 132 page edition honoring the 60th anniversary of The Day The Music Died.

Exclusive interviews include intimate discussions with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly; Bobby Vee, who took the unenviable position as Buddy’s replacement to close out the final tour; Crickets members Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis, who share their fond memories of Buddy – and producer Nick Patrick, whose True Love Ways project brought Buddy’s music together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Click here to order your copy:  Buddy Holly and The Day The Music Died

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Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut

Quonset Hut

Yes it does exist!

Built in the early 1950’s by record producer Owen Bradley, the ‘Quonset Hut’ was the original Nashville recording home for Decca Records. Rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, like Buddy Holly, made their first professional recordings in Owen Bradley’s studio.

Here it is…

Me, standing in front of the famous Owen Bradley Quonset Hut.
Me, standing in front of the famous Owen Bradley Quonset Hut.
Quonset Hut, Music Row
Quonset Hut, Music Row, Nashville TN

Is this WWII surplus quonset hut the beginnings of Nashville’s Music Row?

The story according to Paul Schatzkin, from Cohesion Arts website.

Quonset Hut Photos

Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN.
Photo Courtesy Cohesion Arts.
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut. Photo taken from the alley. Courtesy Kent Blanton (via Facebook).
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio on Music Row, circa 1959.
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio on Music Row, circa 1959. Photo Courtesy Cohesion Arts Website.
Street view of the property at 804 16th Ave. South, probably early 1960s (photo from the Harold Bradley collection). The Quonset Hut studio (“Bradley’s Film & Recording Studios”) is visible at the rear of the house; from what I’ve gathered, there was another studio located inside the house itself, which was also used for sessions until the entire property was reconfigured by Columbia Records, who added the office complex and the brand new “Studio A” structure in the mid-60s. Photo Courtesy Steve Hoffman Music Forum.
Interior of Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN
Interior of Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN. Photo Courtesy Pinterest.
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio Console
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio Console. Photo Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

How to find the ‘Quonset Hut’ on Music Row in Nashville

2018 Aerial Photo - Music Square
Aerial Photo – Music Square, Nashville TN
Aerial Detail - Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut, Nashville TN

Directions by Google

Happy searching!

More:

Book: How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 years of Music Row by Michael Kosser (Google Books).

Blog: Nashville Skyline, November 2009: New Life for the Quonset Hut, Mix Online.

Quonset Hut Hosts Reunion Celebration, Music Row, June 30, 2011.