1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Heartbeat recorded by Buddy Holly Tommy Alsup (lead guitar), George Atwood (bass), Jerry Alison (drums)
Written by Bob Montgomery, Norman Petty Introduced December 28, 1958, on Coral records #6205
Although Buddy Holly’s recording career spanned only a couple of years, the eager anticipation in his voice is evident in all of his recordings including his earliest hits That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, and Oh, Boy! Like those early hits Buddy Holly recorded Heartbeat with the Crickets at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Heartbeat begins with guitar plucks; it includes the Buddy Holly signature hic-up in his delivery; and it features the Cricket’s smooth, easy guitar accompaniment, but unlike his other 1958 recordings, Heartbeat never made it above #82 on the charts.
At age 15 Buddy Holly teamed up with Bob Montgomery and they called themselves ‘Buddy & Bob: Western & Bop.’ Buddy Holly and his Crickets recorded a store of masters while they waited to see if their first recording That’ll Be The Day would be a chart topping success. The Beatles maintain that Buddy Holly and his Crickets were their role models as singers and songwriters. Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash in 1959, before his 23rd birthday.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Heartbeat, Why do you miss when my baby kisses me?"