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    Buddy Holly Banjo and Personal Items. Buddy Holly achieved a profound impact on popular music and obtained legendary status in roughly 18 months of national fame, but due to his untimely death the true impact he may have had and the music he may have made will never be known. Lubbock, Texas knew of Buddy's talents for a much longer time.Featured here is a gorgeous banjo once owned and used by Holly in good condition with some mild tarnishing, as well as a leather belt with "BUDDY" tooled into it with a bronco rider buckle. The history of the banjo is interesting as his brother, Larry Holley, tells it (in part): "buddy came to me and said he knew of a banjo for sale at a good bargain, so we went over to the guy's house and bought it . . . Buddy was into Bluegrass music at that time nad he learned to play it pretty good. The instrument seemd to be lost all these years, but I found it in Mother's storage house under a bunch of junk. I had wondered for many years what had become of it. I thought maybe Buddy had hocked it long ago. Buddy never played it on a recording that I know of, but I have heard him play it some with Bob Montgomery . . .I do not know if Buddy ever played the banjo at a live performance, but he probably did on some early appearances around town." In 1951 Buddy met Bob Montgomery, a fellow seventh-grader at Hutchinson Junior High, who also played guitar and sang country songs. Montgomery's taste in music ran to country music, especially Hank Williams, and Montgomery would be a major influence over Buddy's choice of music. Billing themselves as "Buddy and Bob," they played junior high assemblies and local radio shows. Their sets were basically country, beefed up by harmonics and their own guitar accopaniment. They called it "Western and Bop." Buddy and Bob became Lubbock's leading performers and soon added Larry Wellborn to play bass. Included in this lot is an original business card From "Buddy and Bob" showing Buddy Holley (note original spelling), Larry Welborn adn Bob Montgomery as members and Hi Pockets Duncan as Business Manager listing Radio Station KDAV's address. This importatnt lot goes back to Buddy's early foray into the music business he would eventually dominate. Lot includes banjo, a photo of Holly playing it, the letter from Larry Holley, the belt and the business card.

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    April, 2005
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
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