Friday, May 25, 2012

Record #0003: Rock Around With Ollie Vee / I’m Gonna Love You Too – BUDDY HOLLY

Coral 62390 (re-issue), USA, 1963
Words & Music by:  Side A – Sonny Curtis; Side B - Joe Mauldin, Norman Petty, Miki Sullivan
Musicians:  Side A – Buddy Holly (vocals), Sonny Curtis (lead gtr), Grady Martin (rhythm gtr), Don Guess (bass), Doug Kirkham (drums); Side B – Buddy Holly (guitar & vocals), Jerry Allison (drums), Joe B. Mauldin (bass)
Recording sessions: Side A – Owen Bradley’s studio, Nashville, TN on July 22, 1956; Side B – Norman Petty Studios, Clovis, NM during June 29.-July 1, 1957
Highest chart positions:  none

This record compiles the A-sides of two singles released in 1957 (Rock Around With OllieVee) and in 1958 which both failed to chart in the US. The original UK single “I’m Gonna Love You Too” (Coral 72288) did reach #16 among the Britons, though. This posthumous (Holly died in a plane crash on Feb.3, 1959) “re-issue” of the songs, however, didn’t make it to the charts anywhere. Probably this stuff was getting too old in 1963 and Buddy's death didn't boost the sales of his records anymore.

List price:  “Very Good+” is $20 and “Near Mint” is $40. A promotion copy (old style light orange label) would sell for about $90 (VG+).

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