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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RIP Jerry Naylor



Jerry Naylor, 1950’s and 60’s rocker-turned-country, and one time member of The Crickets, passed away quietly at his home in McMinnville, Oregon on December 5, 2019. He was 80 years old.

The Crickets: Jerry Allison, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Naylor and Sonny Curtis
Crickets Sonny Curtis, Bobby Vee, Glen D. Hardin and Jerry Naylor
Jerry Naylor with Glen Campbell

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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.

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