Thursday, April 20, 2017

True Love Ways - sung by Buddy Holly; and sung by Peter and Gordon

The plane crash in 1959 which killed the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens was one of the early sadnesses of my life. I was a few weeks from being 11 and was truly upset by the loss of three singers I greatly enjoyed. 

I never heard Buddy Holly sing True Love Ways. It was recorded only four months before he died. The first time I heard it was when Peter and Gordon sang it in the mid-1960s. I loved the song, and thought it achingly beautiful. I still do. Many years later, I learned that Buddy Holly had written it.

I think it is wonderful, and I offer it as a songwriting as poetry posting.  First you may hear Buddy Holly singing it, and then Peter and Gordon.


6 comments:

  1. Hello Nan, I can’t say the plane crash had a huge impact on me (shallow child that I was), but I do remember the way my parents reacted with shock and real sadness. I was born in 1948 so you and I must be close in age. It was lovely to hear both versions of the song again, thank you.

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    1. I'm happy you liked the music. And yes, 1948. Not doing so well on my birth year reading challenge! Very busy winter and spring which hasn't left me much reading time.

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    1. That was on Easter Sunday. We had a lovely time.

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  3. I cry at the end of the movie every time we watch it. It saddens me so much that we lost this talented man and all the songs he might have written, if only.

    Thank you for this one that I hadn't heard.

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    1. I've not seen the movie - don't think I could take it. He was so very talented. I'm pleased that now you've heard True Love Ways. Such a beautiful song.

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