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Los Angeles (CNN) -- Buddy Holly finally got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Wednesday September 7th 2011, which would have been the singer-songwriter's 75th birthday. "It's never too late when you get a fantastic thing to happen," his widow, Maria Elena Holly, told CNN after unveiling the star on the sidewalk along Vine Street at the entrance to the historic Capitol Records building.

Holly was just 22 when he was killed in a plane crash, along with musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. "I'm saying now, my dear Buddy, you loved to go to the movies. You told me that one of your dreams was to write scores for movies and make your mark in Hollywood," his widow said during the ceremony. "Well, my dear, half of your dream unfortunately did not come true, but the other half did come true with a beautiful star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Actor Gary Busey, who channelled Holly's voice and character in the 1978 movie "The Buddy Holly Story," attended the dedication. "He's here right now," Busey said. "I feel his spirit in the air. It's beautiful."

What would Holly be doing now if he were still alive? "Anything he wanted to," Busey said. "Scoring movies, helping people in different countries who are in trouble, like writing a song for them and taking it over there and singing it to them." Busey is working with T Bone Burnett on an album of Holly songs, which he said he would also perform in a tour.

The Hollywood star ceremony was timed to coincide with this week's release of "Listen to Me: Buddy Holly," a tribute album of his songs performed by 16 artists, including Ringo Starr, Stevie Nick, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak, Linda Ronstadt and Lyle Lovett.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, a contemporary of Holly, also attended the dedication.

All Videos will be attached at the bottom.

Phil Everly To Speak At Buddy Holly Walk Of Fame Induction

Twenty-five years after being among the very first recording artists inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the late Lubbock recording artist Charles Hardin "Buddy" Holly finally will be honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star unveiling ceremony for Holly will take place at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard) on September 7, 2011, the 75th anniversary of Holly's birth.

Holly's star will be located near those of the Beatles, and Phil Everly and Peter Asher will be speaking at the unveiling ceremony. The Everly Brothers toured extensively with Buddy Holly and Holly credited The Everly Brothers with changing his style from Levis and tee shirts to their style of suits. Buddy Holly wrote the song "Wishing" for the brothers. It is documented that Phil Everly was a pallbearer at Holly's funeral which Phil has said that he was not. Don could not attend stating, "I couldn't go to the funeral. I couldn't go anywhere. I just took to my bed."

Jason with Phil in this next photo, Jason was here with his wife and 2 children and Patti Everly was with Phil, a lovely family occasion.

There is a short video of Maria Elena, Gary Busey and all the Everly family arriving at the daytime unveiling of the Buddy Star, which is included at the bottom. (Guest Speakers)
Last update on September 14, 10:34 am by Chris.
The evening celebration for Buddy who this day September 7, 2011, the 75th anniversary of Holly's birth received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Phil Everly @ Buddy Holly's 75th Birthday Celebration: 'People Hated Our Music'

Producer, manager and singer Peter Asher organized the Holly tribute at the Music Box Theater in conjunction with the release Tuesday of "Listen to Me" on Verve Forecast, a Holly tribute album to benefit organizations funded by Songmasters - such as the Grammy Foundation, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Artists House Music. The concert was filmed for airing in December on PBS.
A reception on the Music Box's rooftop prior to the show had plenty of old-timers pointing out the legends on hand - Holly's widow Maria Elena, Phil Everly, legendary session guitarists Albert Lee and James Burton and Pricilla Presley -- while discussing days or yore at labels such as Warner Bros. and Capitol. While the music of the Everly Brothers and Holly piped through the rooftop's P.A., Phil Everly offered a few thoughts to Billboard.biz on their days together in the 1950s.

"When we were interviewed in the '50s, the first, second or third question would be 'what are you going to do when it's over?' The people writing the articles hated the music," Everly said. "Whether it was Buddy or Eddie Cochran or Don and myself, none of us thought it would last because that was what we kept getting told. Inside the perimeter, what we were thinking was -- and this is what we loved -- the cool thing was to do something original. That was important to all of us. I'm only here because Buddy was my friend. My great respect for his music has never diminished."

Left: Phil Everly, Chris Isaak and Michele Branch | Right: The Master of the Telecaster James Burton with Lyle Lovett

From Not Fading Away: From Left: Musicians Raul Malo, Boz Scaggs, Graham Nash, Gabe Saporta,
Paul Anka, Victoria Asher, Waddy Wachtel, Chris Isaak, manager/record producer Peter Asher,
Michelle Branch, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, and Patrick Stump
celebrate what would have been Buddy Holly's 75 birthday at The Music Box Theatre on September 7

The set list:

Stevie Nicks - "Not Fade Away"
Lyle Lovett - "Well … All Right"
Lyle Lovett w/ James Burton - "I'm Looking for Someone to Love"
Shawn Colvin - "Learning the Game"
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy - "Everyday," "Oh Boy"
Chris Isaak - "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
Michelle Branch w/Graham Nash - "Words of Love"
Graham Nash - "Raining in My Heart"
Graham Nash & Peter Asher - "Take Your Time"
Boz Scaggs - "Maybe Baby"
Boz Scaggs, Graham Nash & Peter Asher - "Rave On"
Raul Malo - "Listen to Me"
Michelle Branch & Chris Isaak - "Heartbeat"
Gabe Saporta & Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship - "Peggy Sue"
Gabe Saporta & Patrick Stump - "Think It Over"
Paul Anka - "I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Stevie Nicks - "It's So Easy"
Raul Malo - "True Love Ways"
Malo, Colvin, Lovett, Everly, Branch and ensemble - "That'll Be The Day"

Phil and James Burton

Patrick Stump and Stevie Nicks

Everyone on stage singing "That'll Be The Day"

LOS ANGELES -- September 7, 2011, marks the 75th birthday of the great Buddy Holly.

In only 18 months, from when Buddy Holly and the Crickets hit the charts with their first release, "That'll Be The Day," to when he died in a tragic plane crash, Holly topped the charts with more than 27 Top 40 hits worldwide, with "That'll Be The Day" going to No. 1. Even after his death, Holly went to No. 1 with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." From rock to country to R&B, Holly's songs have charted consistently for more than 50 years, proving that his music and his influence continue today. Brian Wilson said it simply: "Buddy Holly is unique... his music matters because it is timeless."
Holly died on February 3, 1959, often referred to as "the day the music died," the event some believe was immortalized in the 1971 song "American Pie" by Don McLean. But even in his short time, Buddy Holly changed the sound and look of rock 'n' roll forever, leaving a permanent standard that continues to influence artists all over the world. As Jackson Browne recently said: "That wasn't the day the music died…it was the day the music became immortal."

Holly was raised on country and bluegrass music and started in a duo known as "Buddy & Bob" until Elvis Presley's fired-up rockabilly sound pointed him in the direction he would create, master and define. The Texas native then blended blues and R&B into his own style, resulting in some of the most innovative music ever recorded.

In an era when most artists performed songs penned by others, Buddy Holly and his band were one of the first four-piece rock 'n' roll band (two guitars, bass and drums) that wrote, arranged, played and recorded their own songs in the studio. Instead of using studio musicians, they put out their music, their way. With this seemingly simple change, Holly created a new blueprint for past, present and future rock 'n' roll bands around the world.

Holly also was one of the first artists to tour with his band as a self-contained unit performing his hits before live audiences and on national television shows around the world. He captivated U.S. audiences with repeat performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing his hits "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue" on their first appearance, and "Oh Boy" on their second.

Before there was a British Invasion led by the Beatles in America in 1964, there was an American Invasion led by Buddy Holly in England. In 1958, Holly toured England for a month playing over 50 performances. He appeared on the two top TV shows, "Sunday Night At the Palladium" and "Live At The BBC." These personal appearances and TV broadcasts were the first exposure of an American rock and roll band to the youth of England. After bleak post-war years, Holly's energy and style triggered a musical revolution in England and seeded the British Invasion that took place six years later in 1964.

The Beatles took their name in tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. When it came down to the business of learning how to work with the mechanics of writing songs, Holly's pure-and-simple three-chord melodies and "words of love" were a major influence and inspiration to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Notably, five years to the day after Holly was buried, on February 7, 1964, the Beatles landed at JFK Airport in New York City and ushered in the British Invasion that changed popular music forever. Peter (Asher) and Gordon, who were inspired by Holly from the moment they formed their duo, made Holly's "True Love Ways" a worldwide hit a year later. Holly's legacy has been enduring and meteoric ever since.

Had Holly lived, he would have been 75 on September 7th. This notable day serves as the backdrop and the launch of a year-long celebration of his music and his musical legacy. To start this celebration, on the eve of Holly's 75th birthday Verve Forecast and Songmasters release Listen to Me: Buddy Holly on September 6, 2011. Produced by the GRAMMY® Award-winning Peter Asher, a diverse group of leading contemporary artists from three generations recorded their favorite Buddy Holly songs. Asher encouraged these artists to create a modern authentic rendition by adding their own artistic signatures. Rock legends such as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne are joined by contemporary artists The Fray, Zooey Deschanel, Patrick Stump, Cobra Starship, Imelda May, Natalie Merchant, Pat Monahan and Chris Isaak. The one and only Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame, has also contributed a track. Each has created a track that continues the artistic evolution of Holly's music, both true and new.

On September 7 – Buddy's birthday – will be officially declared "Buddy Holly Day in Los Angeles." Holly's much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled as a permanent public monument to this iconic artist. The event will be star-studded in many respects, including a rare appearance by Maria Elena Holly (Holly's widow) speaking on his behalf, along with Phil Everly, Peter Asher, Gary Busey and surprise guests that are expected to honor a true legend. Phil and Don Everly (Everly Brothers) were close friends of Holly's and played many shows together. Peter (Asher) and Gordon, who were inspired by Holly from the moment they formed their duo, made Holly's "True Love Ways" a worldwide hit. In 1978, Gary Busey starred as Holly in The Buddy Holly Story and was later nominated for an Academy Award® for his portrayal. The film won the Academy Award® for Best Adaptation Score.

Later that evening, the celebration moves to The Music Box in Hollywood for a special invitation-only concert and birthday party with special guest performances of Holly's music by many artists who have been influenced by and love Holly's music, as well as friends and family members from Holly's life. The concert event will be filmed in HD for a PBS special airing in December 2011. Artists confirmed include: Paul Anka, Michelle Branch, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Raul Malo, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Patrick Stump and more.

The celebration continues through to the spring of 2012 with many activities meant to remember and extend other key elements of Holly's legacy. Not only an outstanding artist, he was a visionary in the business of music, having created the first label, called Prism, to promote independent recording artists. His widow, Maria Elena Holly, has remarked that Buddy was committed to helping young artists succeed, as he had. To this end, this year-long celebration continues with several programs supporting the development of the next generation of music's greats--both as artists and as entrepreneurs. Three music industry charities - The GRAMMY® Foundation, the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, and Artists House Music -- will benefit from this celebration hosted by Songmasters and its partners.

Holly continues to be an essential component of rock 'n' roll's historical catalogue as seen from the continuous sales of his Buddy Holly: Millennium Collection, which is the No. 1 seller of the Holly catalogue, and recently released Buddy Holly: ICON. More than fifty-two years later, new fans continue to discover the genius of Holly and his accolades continue to grow. This year, Rolling Stone magazine positioned Buddy Holly as No. 13 on their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" poll. Today, Holly's classic recorded music catalogue is managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UME).

Ringo Starr recently remarked, "In all of rock 'n roll history, he's in the top 10!" Buddy Holly's remarkable legacy is a reflection of the true artistry, vision, heart, and hard work that catapulted him to achieve not only great success, but to also leave an indelible stamp on popular music that thrives to this day.

11th annual Corn MAiZE pays tribute to Buddy Holly

James and Patti Simpson have been planning and preparing the 11th annual Corn MAiZE for months, and now they're ready to unveil it.
"We try to make the design something that is regional, you know, that people in our area would recognize," James Simpson said. "And so it has to do with Texas Tech or farming or, you know, Buddy Holly! And with this being his 75th birthday coming up, it worked out real good!"

This is a fantastic link to the album which was made as a tribute to Buddy, all songs sung on the night of the celebration day of Buddy getting his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


A video clip of everyone singing "That'll Be The Day" including Phil Everly.
Last update on September 14, 10:37 am by Chris.
The Buddy Holly Foundation Guitars J-45 Replicas

Trista with the not yet complete Buddy Holly J-45 replica #1 - Jan. 13, 2011
Buddy Holly first saw Elvis at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock Texas in 1955 and subsequently opened several shows for him there. Intrigued with the idea of the tooled leather covers that adorned and personalised both Elvis' and Hank Snow's guitars, Buddy would later tool one of his own for his 1943 Gibson J-45. Years later Gary Busey who portrayed Buddy in "The Buddy Holly Story" bought the guitar for $270.000.

Rick Turner with Buddy Holly's (Gary Busey's) 1943 Gibson J-45 and cover - ca.1979
At the time the guitar was cracked from waist to waist right through to the end block so Gary brought the guitar to Rick Turner who was working at Westwood Music in L.A. at the time. A musician himself, originally from Massachusetts who relocated to New York and ultimately California. Rick got into guitar building and repairs in the 1960's working on instruments for the 'Grateful Dead'. Considered by some as the father of boutique guitars after building one for Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac in the 1970's he now runs "Turner Renaissance Guitars"

Buddy's original 1943 J-45 and cover - 2009.
Unlike Elvis', which had a zipper, the cover on Buddy's guitar was completely attached on and in order to effect repairs without cutting it, at Gary's insistence, he had to do all the repair work through the sound hole. Rick also refretted it and was given the original frets which he kept until December 2009 when Buddy Holly enthusiast Peter Bradley contacted him and purchased the frets. He later asked Rick to build 18 replicas using one of the original frets in each.

Turner's Buddy Holley J-45 Replica #1 with tooled leather cover - Jan. 14, 2011.
Without a clear plan of what to do with the guitars Rick suggested that instead of just giving them away they set up a non-profit foundation to loan the guitars out for a given period of time with a proviso that the musicians who have the guitars use them in some way to raise money for a worthy cause, like music education. With the assistance of John Thomas, a Banner Era Gibson authority, the non profit Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation was set up.

The Banner-like headstock on Turner's Buddy Holly J-45 replica

The maple and walnut neck on Turner's Buddy Holly J-45 replica
The guitars will be built to the 1943-spec Gibson J-45s like Buddy's except that the bottom end blocks will be Baltic Birch. They will all be put together with traditional hot hide glue and with the original woods mahogany and Adirondack spruce. Rick said that the 1943 J-45s had maple and walnut necks pained brown to look like mahogany and it was the only year that they did that. John Thomas thinks that the necks may have been leftover from a Gibson spin-off brand, Recording King, specifically the Ray Whitley models.

Rick Turner with the Buddy Holley J-45 Replica #1 - Jan. 14, 2011

The sides of the tooled leather cover

Trista shows the bottom of the guitar cover - Jan. 13, 2011
Susie Temple, of Rawhide Custom Leather in Austin is doing the replica tooled leather covers true to the original except that these will have a zipper in the back. These are being done with the approval of Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's widow, so they can legally use Buddy's name.

Rick Turner with the Buddy Holley J-45 Replica #1 - Jan. 14, 2011

Graham Nash and Jackson Browne were the first two musicians invited to partake and are both on the board of directors now. They will both get guitars. The idea is they can re-up in two years. Within those two years, you've got to do something for the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation and the Foundation will give out money to whatever the board chooses to do. There's a regular board of directors and a list of worthy recipients.

Phil Everly was given a Buddy Holly Foundation Guitar and the song on the case was "Blue Days Black Nights" It is in the photos above, which is fantastic to have here. The song was one of Buddy's first songs and maybe that is why the Foundation gave it to Phil having been friends from the start of their careers.

Spliced together photos of Phil and Don Everly receiving their Buddy Holly Foundation Guitars.

This link is another really good one to read, lots of information.

Last update on July 20, 1:56 pm by Chris.
There are some more interesting links to add to this Forum Thread and also some of Buddy's videos can be added too.

Please feel free to add any more information/photos connected with the "Buddy Star Day and Night and the Foundation guitar which Phil received.
Last update on July 21, 4:38 pm by Chris.
Excellent and valuable information and photos, Chris! We appreciate your heartfelt effort to put this all together and share it with fans!

Here is another photo of Phil's son, Jason, with the Buddy Holly Guitar. I don't have details yet, but I believe that might be the same guitar that Phil received from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.

Last update on July 21, 2:41 pm by Gloria Solis.
I have a belief that it must be Gloria, I thought that when I saw the photo too. A great poster behind Jason I have been looking into that concert since I saw the photo. It takes time to get everything together and ready to go.

This photo opportunity must have felt special for Jason, his dad's Buddy Foundation Guitar. Great to see it being finished off in those photos earlier in the thread.

A very proud son.

The last photo in #3 has the song on Phil's guitar as "Wishing" which was Phil's lifetime guitar. The one Phil was given to raise funds was "Blue Days, Black Nights"
Last update on August 14, 8:12 am by Chris.
Buddy singing the song which was on Phil's Foundation Guitar "Blue Days, Black Nights"

The lyrics:

Blue days - black nights
blue tears keep on fallin - for you dear
now you're gone
blue days - black nights
my heart keeps on calling for you dear
and you alone
Memories of you make me sorry
I gave you reason to doubt me
but now you're gone and I am left here all alone
with blue memories - I think of you
Blue days - black nights
I didn't realize I would miss you
the way I do
and now somehow I know I will pay
for the times I have made you blue
Memories of you make me sorry
I gave you reason to doubt me
but now you're gone and I am left here all alone
with blue memories - I think of you
Last update on July 22, 5:56 pm by Chris.
Gary Busey bought Buddy Holly's guitar and in this clip 12.19 minutes long he actually plays Buddy's guitar.

In comment #3 you can see what Gary insisted with the renovation of Buddy's guitar.

We all know he played Buddy in the film.
Last update on July 28, 3:50 pm by Chris.

Phil signing autographs at the evening concert for Buddy in Hollywood.
Fabulous photo of Phil with Chris Isaak singing in the evening concert for Buddy Holly after his Star on Broadway day.

They are singing "That'll be the Day"

"Waddy Wachtel may be the greatest session guitarist of all time, with a resumé including classic work from the Everly Brothers, Warren Zevon (he co-wrote "Werewolves of London"), Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks." (Rolling Stone July 2013)

Waddy Wachtel was presented with a custom made J-45 guitar, just like the original one played by Buddy Holly, by Dave Stewart on behalf of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation at Capitol Records on 5/21/13.

There are only a few performers chosen to receive one of these special guitars by TBHEF, and Waddy was delighted to be selected as one of them. Each recipient is asked to pick a Buddy Holly song title for the name of their guitar - Waddy chose "Words of Love."

The guitar and the incredible leather cover were made for him by the renowned luthier Daniel Roberts. There is a plaque in the guitar with a fret from Buddy's original J-45.

A small group of friends were happy to be there honoring Waddy and this beautiful guitar. It was a festive and exceptionally delightful presentation ceremony.

Waddy produced, sang and played all instruments on this recording in tribute and appreciation to Buddy Holly and TBHEF:


WADDY WATCHEL with his Buddy Holly Guitar

Last update on August 12, 4:40 pm by Gloria Solis.

Buddy Holly guitar

From comment 3 above: -

Buddy's original 1943 J-45 and cover - 2009.
Unlike Elvis', which had a zipper, the cover on Buddy's guitar was completely attached on and in order to effect repairs without cutting it, at Gary's insistence, he had to do all the repair work through the sound hole. Rick also refretted it and was given the original frets which he kept until December 2009 when Buddy Holly enthusiast Peter Bradley contacted him and purchased the frets. He later asked Rick to build 18 replicas using one of the original frets in each.

18 Replica's using one original fret in each guitar.

You can see inside the guitar is one of Buddy's frets. The one showing inside the guitar is "That'll be the day"

You can now get the feel of what was done to make these guitars special in every way.

Last update on August 17, 8:55 am by Chris.
Phil Everly's son, Jason, is holding his father's Lifetime Legacy Guitar awarded by TBHEF in this photo:

(This dovetails with quote #5 where Jason has the special guitar, but the song on it was uncertain.)

The song, "Wishing", was written by Buddy Holly specifically to gift to the Everly Brothers. Phil explained (quoted in Buddy Holly's biography) that they unfortunately couldn't record it, due to the binding contract with Acuff-Rose Publishing. So Buddy recorded it. You can understand how well it would have suited the Everly Brothers when you listen to it.

RECORDING of Buddy Holly singing "Wishing" (with lyrics):

Last update on August 15, 5:26 pm by Gloria Solis.
Thank you for that wonderful photo of Jason with Phil’s guitar. It must have so much feeling in that guitar, part of Buddy’s fret and soul, Phil’s love for it and Buddy, Jason’s love for his father. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Last update on August 16, 5:40 pm by Chris.
Buddy Holly connection and friendship with Phil Everly

Phil Everly's famous friendship with Buddy Holly - forged in Montreal
(article from "Coolopolis Montreal alles the uber" magazine blogspot)

"The recently-deceased early-days-of-rock legend Phil Everly describes how he first met Buddy Holly in the Montreal Canadiens' locker room at the old Forum in 1957.
It would be an epic friendship - albeit brief, as Holly died on Feb. 3, 1959.
"The first time I met Buddy Holly was in Montreal. (Everly Brother) Don and I joined a big package tour - the Fats Domino Tour - Buddy and the Crickets and everybody was down at the locker rooms, like a sports event. Everybody had a hook. That was the wardrobe and we all set on benches and we were all in the same room. That's when we first met him and it was a lot of fun. I was 18 at the time so it was like a college, everybody was a contemporary. It was like being in a fraternity, we rode buses on the tour and it was the best of times, I call it the golden age of rock."

Buddy Holly played twice in Montreal, at the Forum, once on September 15, 1957, and again on October 5, 1958.

Anecdotes about that first encounter relate how Holly and the Crickets were highly impressed with the nicer clothing that the Everly Brothers - who had a few months head-start on them career-wise - were sporting. "Let's go shopping," said Buddy Holly after examining their fine gear."

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Maria Elena & Buddy Holly with Phil Everly & date, Virginia Perl
Last update on August 23, 9:06 pm by Gloria Solis.
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