Buddy Holly, the pioneering musician who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll, was blessed with a love for creating music from a very young age.
Growing up in Texas with a family obsessed with music, Holly began to learn the guitar as a child alongside his siblings who were all inspired by gospel music and rhythm and blues musicians amid America’s Great Depression.
Holly’s rise to fame was a fast and exciting one, his two solo albums released in 1989 became hits and he would tour the country and play huge concerts. His untimely death, of course, aged 22, shocked the rock and roll music industry to its core.
Holly’s influence and impact know no bounds. The likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more have all cited Holly as having a direct impact on their creative output. Holly’s legacy, while it lived out in the music of others, also stretched into dozens of unfinished recordings which were ultimately made into the posthumous release.
Most of the unearthed demos left behind by Holly had been recorded by the man himself, in his apartment, using his own equipment. This process, which Holly often followed, was a creative output that he had enforced upon himself from a very young age.
In 1949, at the age of twelve, Holly made his what is considered the earliest known recording of his music and the first home recording he conducted on a wire recorder.
Holly sings the song ‘My Two Timing Woman’, playing the acoustic guitar that his parents bought him after he ditched piano lessons. The youngster displays some impressive flat-picking skills, even if his voice has yet to mature.
The recording, albeit a little muffled and crackling, is what would become the foundations of a music icon. Listen, below.