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It's So Easy

by

Buddy Holly



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This was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico from June-August, 1958. Petty was Holly's producer and manager. (thanks, David - Lubbock, TX)
This was the last single Holly recorded with The Crickets. In the last few months of his life, he moved to New York and began recording with more elaborate production techniques, including string sections.
Holly was known for his innovative guitar riffs, but he didn't play lead on this one. A session guitarist named Tommy Allsup did. Allsup played in Holly's band on his last tour.
Many of Holly's fans consider this one of his best songs, but it was never released as a single.
Linda Ronstadt had a hit with this in 1977. Her version went to #5 in the US.
On October 28, 1958, Buddy Holly lip-synched this and "Heartbeat" the TV show American Bandstand. It was his last national TV appearance before his death. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Buddy Holly was a major influence on The Beatles, and in 2011, Paul McCartney recorded this song for the tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, which was issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Holly's birth.
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Comments (8):

On December 4th, 1977 "It's So Easy" by Linda Ronstadt peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart (stayed at #5 for 3 weeks); it had entered the chart on October 8th at position #77 and remained on the Top 100 for 18 weeks...
It reached #9 in Canada and #11 in the United Kingdom...
Was one of four tracks from her 1977 album "Simple Dreams" to make the Hot Top 100 Singles chart; the other three were, "Blue Bayou" (#3), "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (#31), and "Tumbling Dice" (#32)...
May God bless and watch over Ms. Ronstadt...
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Waylon Jennings was playing bass with Buddy Holly as one of the Crickets when the original Crickets were having contract issues with Decca. Waylon gave up his seat to J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) and guitarist Tommy Allsup flipped a coin with Richie Valens for the remaining seat because Valens had never flown on a small plane before. Waylon was always haunted until the day he died by the last thing he said to Buddy Holly, even though it was said in a jocund manner. Buddy told Waylon that he hoped the bus engine froze up in the snow storm, and Waylon said tongue-in-cheek, "Yeah, well I hope your plane crashes." The rest is history and the plane crash to South Dakota took the lives of three people at the tops of their careers: Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) and Richie Valens, along with pilot Roger Peterson.
MobiusDick
- MobiusDick, Worcester, MA
I think that Jerry Allison, drummer for Buddy Holly & The Crickets co-wrote this song with Buddy Holly and his manager Norman Petty. I am virtually certain of it, but would love if someone could check through legal channels.
MobiusDick
- MobiusDick, Worcester, MA
I actually like Waylon Jenning's cover of this more than the original, and I'm a huge Holly fan.
- Viktor, Vänersborg, Sweden
Sorry, Everyone, but I have to say this. Hell, Linda Ronstadt was one of the few artists us "women-folk" could use in order work in the disco era. I did it. I certainly admired her. Thank you, Linda.
- Sandra, Gardnerville, NV
Always wondered where Holly's career would have taken him if not for the accident, as I wonder about Jimi Hendrix's career.
- Lester, New York City, NY
Buddy Holly, a great talent of the 50's. A stupid
accident ended his brilliant career.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
I agree. This is one of buddy Holly's best songs. Linda ronstat's cover is great too.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
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