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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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Music never felt this good. 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

According to Gary Busey in the DVD commentary, the line that Charles Martin Smith says about "A fighter who strafes and trains..." during the drive to Nashville was just Smith accidentally blurting out loud something he was thinking, thus Busey and Stroud's genuine reactions. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy plays his acoustic guitar for the two neighbor boys, it is in concert pitch. A moment after they leave, he picks up the guitar again. When he strums it this time, it is tuned a semitone below concert pitch. 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 after the end credits are over: "This film is dedicated to those who loved him first - Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Holley, Maria Elena Holly" See more »

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Referenced in High Chaparall: Gary Busey (2004) See more »

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Oh Boy!
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Written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty
Performed by Gary Busey
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Busey's Best
10 December 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

At times, you forget that you are watching Gary Busey play Buddy Holly and start to think that you are really watching Buddy Holly! Besides the terrific acting, Busey is really singing and playing the guitar when on stage. The movie is made as real as a documentary. Like snap shots from his life, the Buddy Holly Story is just that, Buddy Holly's story.


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