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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

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The musical career of rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly is chronicled, from the days when "Peggy Sue" was "Cindy Lou", a song about his first girlfriend, to the meteoric run of "That'll Be the Day" up the charts, to his marriage, breakup with the Crickets, reunion with the Crickets, and untimely death. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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His story will have you singing, laughing, crying, cheering and stomping your feet. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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3 November 1978 (Finland)  »

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A História de Buddy Holly  »

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Trivia

The actors did their own singing and played their own instruments live during the filming of the production numbers. See more »

Goofs

As the disabled bus is being towed past the auditorium before Buddy's final concert, the phone number on the side of the tow truck is made up entirely of digits. In 1959, the first two digits of all phone numbers consisted of letters, denoting the exchange. All-numeric phone numbers didn't begin until the mid-'60s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buddy Holly: Hey, Riley, we're all plugged in and checked up... yeah, we're ready.
Buddy Holly: [to Ray Bob] Riley wants to hear you at the mike - that's the one right there; say somethin' into that mike.
Ray Bob Simmons: One, two, three, testing... one...
Buddy Holly: [to Riley] How's that sound?
Riley Randolph: All right, that's a good level, Buddy, hold it right there... Yeah, you better get ready, it's about thirty seconds till eight.
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Crazy Credits

Caption shown at end of film: "Buddy Holly died later that night along with JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson and Ritchie Valens in the crash of a private airplane just outside of Clearlake... and the rest is rock 'n' roll!" See more »

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Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 25 February 2008 (2008) See more »

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Mockin' Bird Hill
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Written by Vaughn Horton
Performed by Gary Busey
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So this is Buddy Holly!
20 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great film! I never knew much about Buddy Holly, but was familiar with his lively and fun music. This is a wonderful biography of someone who helped change the music in the 1950's. Although I never cared for Gary Bussey, he was fabulous as Buddy Holly! I don't know how accurate the movie is, but assume at least for the most part it is accurate, which makes the movie all the more interesting. The music throughout the movie just adds the pizazz to this biography. I don't think I would change a thing in this film, it was all good! What a difference in the stars from the 50's to todays music stars. How can you compare someone like Buddy Holly to Justin Timberlake? or any of the other popular singers of this generation?


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