Sunday, January 26, 2020

26 January Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan show

On January 26, 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets made their second and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show—this time earning the well-known wrath of the host. They were scheduled to perform their hit “Oh, Boy!,” but Sullivan told them to substitute it because he felt it was too raucous. You can imagine how that went over, though, and Holly told him he’d already told his hometown friends that was the song he was going to be performing. And that was that. Sullivan summoned the Crickets to a last-minute rehearsal the afternoon of the show, but when he got to their dressing room only Holly was there. When asked where the others were, Holly said, “I don’t know. No telling.” Sullivan said, “Well, I guess The Crickets are not too excited to be on The Ed Sullivan Show,” to which Holly replied, “I hope they’re damn more excited than I am.” By that time Ed was completely steamed. He cut the Crickets’ act from two songs to one, and he mispronounced Holly’s name when he introduced them as “Buddy Hollet and his Crickets.” In addition, the line feed for Holly’s electric guitar was turned off, and he tried to compensate by singing as loudly as he could and repeatedly trying to turn up the volume on his guitar. He finally let loose with a dramatic solo during the instrumental break so the audience would know the technical fault wasn’t his. In the end Buddy Holly and the Crickets were so well received that Sullivan invited them back for a third time, but Holly’s response was that Sullivan didn’t have enough money for that. Ah, showbiz.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Two years since Mark E. Smith died

Yes it's that sad anniversary today. Time to play some records by the Fall I think.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A day in Frome musical history

Today the 8th of January 40 years ago was the day Frome band Animals & Men had their first John Peel play. Called 'Don't misbehave in the New age' the record was recorded at Paulton on a label from Trowbridge. I believe it was the first record out by a Frome band but you may know differently. It is what is called these days Post punk but then it was just punk. It got in the newly invented Independent charts and was on a couple of juke boxes in local pubs much to our embarrassment. All of the band were from Frome though the bassist came from near Nunney. We sent Peel a tape and he suggested we got a record out and so he was ambushed at Broadcasting House on the day and he played it first record on the show. He played it quite a bit and the follow up 45 and eventually offered us a session but we were sadly broken up by then. We only lasted a year but we headlined at the Hexagon suite which was a big deal then. Supported by the Bad Detectives. We were young I was only 19. When we had triumphant news we would go to the Mendip Motel and have cigars. You can hear it at