I only saw [Buddy Holly] on the London Palladium [on TV] … He was great! It was the first time I saw a Fender guitar! Being played!! While the singer sang!!! Also the 'secret' of the drumming on Peggy Sue was revealed...live...
The name BEATLES was directly inspired by CRICKETS (DOUBLE ENTENDRE / INSECTS etc...) I think the greatest effect was on THE SONG WRITING (ESPECIALLY MINE AND PAUL'S). We did practically everything he put out … what he did with '3' chords made a songwriter out of me!!
He was the first guy I ever saw with a capo. He made it O.K. to wear glasses! I WAS Buddy Holly.
John Lennon answering a Sept 1974 questionnaire by Jim Dawson The Elvis Forum
Lennon quoted/paraphrased Holly's song (written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) in Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence: “The sun is up, the sky is blue/It's beautiful and so are you”
Raining In My Heart: “The sun is out, the sky is blue/There's not a cloud to spoil the view”
One of the greatest people for me was Buddy Holly, because first of all he sang, wrote his own tunes and was a guitar player, and he was very good. Buddy Holly was the first time I heard A to F#m. Fantastic—he was opening up new worlds there. And then A to F, A, D, E, F and F#m. He was sensational. I no longer had the fear of changing from A to F.
Quoted in Mark Lewisohn: The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In (p.150)
Buddy Holly/The Crickets songs covered by The Beatles
Words of Love - Beatles for Sale
Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Live at the BBC
That'll Be the Day - Anthology 1
More Under The Influence posts
Further Reading: Aaron Krerowicz: Influence of Buddy Holly on The Beatles
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