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That's What They Say

That Makes It Tough

There comes a time for everybody when true love will come your way there comes a time for everybody that’s what they tell me - that’s what they say

That makes it tough - wo, so tough when you tell me - -you don’t love me that makes it tough - oh, so tough wo wo wo when you say you don’t care for me no more

I didn’t hear them say a word of when that time will be I only know that what they say has not come true for me You just keeping waiting & love will come your way that’s what they tell me - that’s what they say

What To Do What to do now that she doesn’t want me that’s what haunts me - what to do What to do to keep from feeling lonely want her only - what to do The record hops & all the happy times we had the soda shop - the walks to school now make me sad, oh What to do - I know my heartache’s showing still not knowing - what to do

Memories will follow me forever though I know my dreams cannot come true all those precious things we shared together time goes by - I’ll still remember you And that makes it tough - oh, so tough when you tell me - you don’t love me that makes it tough - oh so tough mmm wo when you say you don’t care for me no more

Crying Waiting Hoping Crying, waiting, hoping - you’ll come back I just can’t seem to get you off my mind Crying, waiting, hoping - you’ll come back you’re the one I love & I think about you all the time Crying - my tears keep a-fallin’ all night long waitin’ - it feels so useless, I know it’s wrong

Peggy Sue Got Married

To keep a-crying, waiting, hoping - you’ll come back maybe someday soon things will change & you’ll be mine

Please don’t tell - no no no don’t say that I told you so I just heard a rumor from a friend

Crying, waiting, hoping

I don’t say that it’s true - I’ll just leave that up to you if you don’t believe I’ll understand

Learning The Game Hearts that are broken & love that’s untrue these go with learning the game When you love her & she doesn’t love you you’re only learning the game When she says that you’re the only one she’ll ever love then you find that you are not the one she’s thinking of

You recall a girl that’s been in nearly every song this is what I heard of course the story could be wrong She’s the one - I’ve been told now she’s wearing a band of gold Peggy Sue got married not long ago

Feeling so sad and you’re all alone & blue that’s when you’re learning the game



The Apartment Tapes: 1. That's What They Say (version 1) [Recorded Dec. 3, 1958] 0:35 Note: Buddy stops half way through the song. 2. That's What They Say (version 2) [Recorded Dec. 3, 1958] 1:15 3. What To Do [Recorded Dec. 3, 1958] 1:56 4. Peggy Sue Got Married [Recorded Dec. 5, 1958] 1:49 5. That Makes It Tough [Recorded Dec. 8, 1958] 2:16 6. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [Recorded Dec. 14, 1958] 1:51 7. Learning The Game [Recorded Dec. 17, 1958] 1:33 The following were recorded sometime between Jan. 1-19, 1959 8. Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie 1:15 9. Slippin' And Slidin' (version 1) 3:09 Note: You can hear lots of ambient noise in this one. Sounds like someone is putting plates away in the kitchen. 10. Slippin' And Slidin' (version 2) 3:11 Note: Bad recording quality on this one, but audible. Buddy is using his electric guitar instead of his acoustic. At 1:01 something sounds like it drops and Buddy stops, but then continues to play. 11. Slippin' And Slidin' (version 3) 3:34 Note: Good quality on this track. You can still hear the clinks of plates in the background. 12. Slippin' And Slidin' (version 4) 1:26 Note: A much faster version than the others. 13. Drown In My Own Tears 0:20 Note: This track is in fragments. It wasn't recorded properly. 14. Maria Elena 3:44 Note: This is all ambient noise of the apartment. You have to turn the volume up to hear a lot of it. Most of it is Buddy's wife, Maria Elena, talking. Buddy and Maria are just playing around with the recorder. 15. Dearest (version 1) 1:14 Note: Acoustic Guitar 16. Dearest (version 2) 1:53 Note: Electric Guitar 17. Love Is Strange 1:42 18. Smokey Joe's Cafe (version 1) 2:13 19. Smokey Joe's Cafe (version 2) 2:29 Note: Bad quality recording. Buddy talks to someone at the end. 20. Buddy's Guitar 1:22 Note: Instrumenal 21. Slippin' And Slidin' (half-speed version 1) 1:35 Note: Buddy purposely recorded these last three tracks at half-speed. 22. Slippin' And Slidin' (half-speed version 2) 1:35 23. Slippin' And Slidin' (half-speed version 3) 1:47

Why are Buddy Holly's six last songs so full of heartbreak? By Julian Lloyd Webber 11:09AM GMT 02 Feb 2009 Conspiracy theorists might have it otherwise, but any mystery relating to Buddy Holly's death has nothing to do with the plane crash. Far more intriguing is why the six marvellous songs he wrote shortly before he was killed should be among the most angst–ridden in the entire canon of rock. Recorded at home, to his own guitar accompaniment, on the Ampex tape deck he had recently "borrowed" from Norman Petty (the manager Holly had recently relieved of his duties), the new compositions were penned in December 1958 just before his departure on the fateful Winter Dance Party "tour from hell". Now simply known as the Apartment Tapes the six tracks clearly reveal that Holly was not a happy Buddy, and to date no one has satisfactorily explained why. Only the previous August he had married Maria Elena Santiago, the beautiful Puerto Rican receptionist at his music publishers, and the newlyweds had just moved into a swanky New York apartment on the fringe of Greenwich Village. But the abject misery of Holly's lyrics hardly conjures a picture of domestic bliss. The most famous (and least downbeat) of the sequence is Peggy Sue Got Married. Recorded at the instigation of his father – who thought Buddy should follow up his hit Peggy Sue, it tells the story of his drummer Jerry Allison's recent marriage to Peggy Sue Gerron. But Holly seems reluctant to acknowledge that the wedding had taken place: "Please don't tell – no,no,no /Don't say that I told you so/ I don't say that it's true/ Peggy Sue got married not long ago." What could have been the cause of Holly's pain? He was owed royalties and couldn't afford the rent on his new apartment, but it's hard to believe that a run-of-the-mill cash flow problem would produce such apparent unhappiness. According to Peggy Sue Gerron, Holly's marriage was already in trouble. My theory is that Buddy was still holding a candle for his childhood sweetheart, Echo McGuire, who broke up with him the previous year, feeling that marriage to a rock and roller was not for her. Whatever the reason, Holly's last compositions were a wonderful achievement. Heard as he recorded them, without the overdubs, his voice is crystal clear yet raw with emotion. Close your eyes and, 50 years later, Buddy Holly is singing directly to you from across the room. Julian Lloyd Webber

His home was a modern apartment at 11 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, and it was here on a portable Ampex tape recorder that Holly was to make his last set of recordings. They are known as the ‘apartment tapes’ and contain new songs, sketches and cover versions, and they sound very different from Holly’s official recordings; the latest of which was the orchestra- and string-led sessions for ‘True Love Ways’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’. Amidst these freshly written songs was a number called ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’. It begins with the opening chords of ‘Peggy Sue’ and then shifts to a new melody whilst rhythmically and stylistically echoing the earlier hit. Musically it is playful, and artistically it is a fresh idea – linking songs from varying career stages into a continuing narrative – and it is also of note that Holly was married when writing the latter song but single when composing ‘Peggy Sue’. Like other lateperiod, self-penned classics on the tape, such as ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ and ‘Learning the Game’, ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ gets a breezy, confident performance from Holly on acoustic guitar and vocal.

The Apartment Tapes

The Apartment Tapes

The Apartment Tapes Buddy Holly

The Apartment Tapes Buddy Holly


Date of Birth: 7 September 1936, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Is portrayed by Marshall Crenshaw in La Bamba (1987).

Date of Death: 3 February 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, USA (plane crash) Birth Name: Charles Hardin Holley

Holly was a member of an independent Baptist church in Lubbock called Tabernacle Baptist Church; his funeral was conducted there. His brother is still a member.

Height: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.

Spouse: Maria Elena Santiago

Actual Crickets (the ones that chirp) got into the recording studio and are heard in the fade out of the single "Listen To Me".

Trade Marks: Wore horn rimmed black glasses / Fender Stratocaster


Made his final TV appearance on October 28th 1958 with The Crickets on American "New American Bandstand 1965" (1952). They performed "It's So Easy".

Died when his chartered plane (N 3794 N) crashed. Also on board and killed in the crash were Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson). An investigation determined the cause of the crash was "pilot error"; the pilot was not qualified to fly by instruments, and the plane took off in a snowstorm. Despite later urban legends, the plane was not named the "American Pie"; it had no name.

Although he used the last name "Holly" as a professional recording artist (it was an uncorrected mistake on his first recording contract; he liked the spelling and kept it), his gravestone gives the correct spelling of his name which is Holley. In recognition for his achievements, the city of Lubbock erected a life-size statue of Holly next to the convention center. The statue shows Holly strumming his Fender Stratocaster guitar and tapping his heel (he tapped his heel instead of his toe) which also serves as a monument to the West Texas Hall Of Fame. At the base of Holly's feet, there are plaques with the names of famous Texans.

His date of death (February 3, 1959) was forever immortalized as "The Day the Music Died" in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean. Many, including Holly's father and his manager, were against Buddy's marriage to Maria Elena Santiago, a young Puerto Rican girl he met in New York months before his death.

The Beatles took their name in tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both inspired to write their own songs after learning that Holly wrote (or co-wrote) many of his own songs. In the period of 1958 to 1960, the band had been using many different names, most prominently "The Quarrymen" (after the school they attended) and "Johnny and the Moondogs". According to some stories, it was Stuart Sutcliffe (the famed "5th Beatle") who suggested the name "The Beetles" and that John changed the spelling to give the name a double meaning.

Waylon Jennings was part of Buddy's backup group and was supposed to be on the fateful flight but, instead, allowed The Big Bopper, who was ill, to take his place. Buddy's group was The Crickets. They stayed together after his death. Had a cat named Booker T. & a dog named Alonzo Graduate of Lubbock High School [1955].

In 1959, The Crickets' recorded a tribute to Buddy written by member Sonny Curtis, "(I Love You) More Than I Can Say". It was later a charted hit for Bobby Vee in 1961 (#61) and Leo Sayer in 1980 (#02).

High school girlfriend was named Echo. brothers Larry (1925 - ), Travis (1927 - ) & sister Pictured on one of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued in booklet form 16 June 1993. This Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues set of stamps also honored Otis Redding, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley. Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets' first million seller for Brunswick records in 1957, "That'll Be The Day", was a reworking of an earlier solo version by Buddy for Decca records, the parent company. In order not to confuse the record-buying public, "The Crickets" were printed on The Brunswick label as the groups's full name. On Coral records he was listed as Buddy Holly. This arrangement remained in effect for the rest of his recording career.

Is portrayed by Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Holly's longtime manager was independent studio owner and producer Norman Petty; he eventually split with Petty because Petty insisted on a co-credit for the songs he recorded with Holly and the Crickets (entitling Petty to a share of the royalties). Petty withheld royalty money owed to Holly, after the split and Holly's move to New York. Financial reasons forced Holly to go on his final tour, the Winter Dance Party.

Is portrayed by Joe W. Davis in Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999) (TV)

Will receive, posthumously, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 [June 17, 2010].

He was voted the 13th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.

His wife was pregnant at the time of his death. She later suffered a miscarriage.

Buddy Holly

The Apartment Tapes

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