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Sonny Curtis ...
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Larry Holley ...
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Jerry Allison ...
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Ben Hall ...
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Joe B. Mauldin ...
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Vi Petty ...
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Bob Thiele ...
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Murray Deutch ...
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Contains clip that is the first known video footage of Elvis Presley. See more »

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Features The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Heartbeat
Written by Bob Montgomery and Norman Petty
Performed by Buddy Holly and The Crickets
Southern Music Publ. Co. LTD
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Social and musical insight
27 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Both musicians and those interested in the social history of 1950s rock 'n' roll will enjoy this documentary on the great Buddy Holly. Slickly produced it's not, but the slightly amateurish feel goes well with the raw, pure sound of Holly and the Crickets---before he moved to New York and added strings and harp to his music. It's fun to imagine the touring days when the Crickets, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Dion and the Belmonts, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and other now-legends traveled from town to town on buses, sitting in with each other's acts when somebody was sick or otherwise unable to play. Scenes with Holly's family, schoolmates, and girlfriends not only reveal his small-town background but demonstrate that he knew early on what he wanted to do, and show his determination to do it. Despite the drive that took him to stardom, those around him unanimously say he kept his down-home nice-guy personality to the end. Nobody who's played rock music can deny what Paul McCartney and Keith Richards make clear: We all owe what we play in large part to Buddy Holly. As Richards says, "Not bad for a guy from Lubbock, right?"


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