BUDDY HOLLY - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 158200
Sale Price $3,187.50
BUDDY HOLLYHe has signed his handwritten answers to a high school quiz, before he changed the spelling of his name! Autograph Manuscript signed: "Buddy Holley", 1 page, 8x10¼. Sheet of two-hole loose-leaf paper from his junior high or high school days in Lubbock, Texas. No date. The second page of a test graded with red pencil. Headed: "2".In full: "22. Hidalgo/23. nitrogen-humus/24. Pecan/25. Insurance-Retail trade-/Wholesale trade-manufacturing/26. Peanuts/27. Corn-Oats/28. Mineral water and salts/29. Federal Reserve Bank/30. Fourth/31.---/32. State capitol-Texas University/33.---/34. S.M.U. Southern Methodist University/35. T.C.U. Texas Christian University/36. Bal Baylor College/37. Price University University of Houston/38.---(Houston-University of Houston)/39.---(Houston-Baylor Medical College)/40.---(Houston-Texas School of Dentistry)". Number 22 ("Hidalgo") is marked wrong. #23 "nitrogen" is underlined, "humus" is circled, and "½" is written, probably giving half credit for the answer. Numbers 31 and 33 (no answers) are marked wrong. Born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, as Charles Hardin Holley, he became known as "Buddy". Holley attended J.T. Hutchinson Junior High in Lubbock. Buddy Holley and Bob Montgomery met while attending Hutchinson. The duo quickly became known for their musical talent and lack of stage fright. Buddy, Bob and their friend Jerry Allison began performing at school functions. By September of 1953, Buddy, then 17, had a regular show on Lubbock radio station KDAV. Joined by singer and guitarist Bob Montgomery and bass player Larry Welborn, The Buddy and Bob Show featured a unique blend of country and western and rhythm and blues that was new to west Texas audiences. It was in Allison's home that "The Crickets" were born with Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar, Jerry Allison on drums and Joe B. Mauldin on bass. Holley was graduated from Lubbock High School in 1955 and within a year was recording for Decca Records. His first record contract dropped the "e" in Holley, and he adopted the spelling. Buddy Holly was an innovator who wrote his own material and was among the first to use such advanced studio techniques as double-tracking and the now-standard rock-band lineup of two guitars, bass and drums. His first song recorded with the Crickets in 1957 was "That'll Be the Day". "Peggy Sue" followed. In the year between August 1957 and August 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven "Top Forty" hits. In January 1959, Buddy Holly was booked on the Winter Dance Party tour that would cover most of the Midwest. The tour included headliners such as Ritchie Valens, Dion and the Belmonts, Waylon Jennings and The Big Bopper. As the bus pulled into Clear Lake, Iowa for their February 2nd performance, Buddy Holly made arrangements to charter a plane to fly him and two of his band members to the next gig in Fargo, North Dakota. J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) and Ritchie Valens had bad colds and J.P. wanted to fly to Fargo so that he would have time to see a doctor. J.P. asked Waylon Jennings if he would give up his seat so that he (J.P.) would have time to get some sleep and see a doctor. Waylon agreed. Ritchie Valens asked Tommy Allsup for his seat. Tommy and Ritchie decided to flip a coin for the seat and Ritchie won the toss with heads being called. The plane took off from the airport at around 1:00 a.m. on February 3, 1959. As snow began to fill the Iowan sky, the plane made it into the dark snowy night but plummeted to the ground about five miles from the airport. There were no survivors. Buddy Holly was only 22 years old. Buddy Holly's signature is rare in any form. Creased. Folds (not at signature), soiled and worn. Lightly stained, mainly at lower blank margin. Paperclip impression at upper margin. File holes at blank left margin. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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