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    Buddy Holly Apartment Tapes Acetate (Audiodisc, 1959). In December, 1958 Buddy Holly bought an Ampex tape recorder from famed producer Norman Petty to record rough takes of new songs he was writing. He wrote of the songs in a December 11, 1958 letter to his parents, commenting that "Peggy Sue Got Married" was his favorite. In another letter, dated December 14 to his friend Terry Noland in Lubbock, Buddy stated he was planning on having Jesse Stone, Ray Charles' arranger, do the the arrangements and that he would record at Pythian Temple in New York because "you can't beat the sound."

    Over the holidays, Buddy and bride Maria Elena visited Lubbock, returning to New York on New Year's Eve. The new year 1959 was shaping up as a busy and successful year, as he and Maria Elena settled into their apartment and into married life. On the first Monday of the year, January 5, 1959, the newlyweds had lunch with Buddy's friend and producer, Dick Jacobs, who had just recently been appointed head of Buddy's record label Coral's A&R. As Maria Elena recalls, there are four significant reasons to remember this date:

    1) It was to celebrate the release of Buddy's new single (produced by Jacobs) "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", to be released that same day. It would be the last single released while Holly was still alive.

    2) It was to celebrate Maria Elena's birthday (January 7).

    3) It was also to congratulate Jacobs on his promotion to Coral A&R, good news to Buddy. Once Holly's original Coral A&R man Bob Thiele had left the label in mid-1958, promotion of Holly's records had been in the hands of Paul Cohen, unfortunate in that Cohen did not like Buddy nor his music, and had, in fact, dropped Buddy earlier - in 1956 when he was A&R head of Decca Records. Buddy hadn't had a real champion at Coral in almost a year, and the young Texan was looking forward to having his new releases promoted with the same vigor as his earliest releases.

    4) Most significantly, at least as background to our story about the Apartment Tapes acetate, it was at this lunch that Buddy handed over to Jacobs his one and only copy of the newly recorded acoustic songs. The Scotch Tape box had the songs and respective recorded dates in Buddy's handwriting, and gave them to Jacobs to review and to become familiar with while Buddy was gone on the Winter Dance Party Tour that ended so tragically. He planned on recording the tunes upon his return, with Jacobs producing.

    The acetate was produced on February 13, 1959, just ten days after "The Day the Music Died." Several of the original 14 cuts were overdubbed and released posthumously within a few years, but this acetate collects six of the raw versions, just as Buddy originally recorded them in his New York City apartment, and which were not released until much later.

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the early Rock icon's death, Geffen released a CD anthology Down the Line in 2009, which contained Apartment Tapes tunes, including the raw, undubbed version of "That's What They Say", which had not been previously available as a US release (it had been released previously in the UK). Other tunes on this one-sided acetate are "What To Do", "Peggy Sue Got Married", "That Makes It Tough", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", and "Learning the Game".

    A chilling, yet exhilarating artifact from one of Rock 'n' Roll's most important innovators. Note: no copyright for any of the recordings here is included in this lot. From Maria Elena Holly's Personal Collection with COA.

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