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John A. Holley
February 11, 2017
at 7:40 PM said:
From time to time, I go through my extensive record collection and just enjoy having all the great music of days gone by. I have a very complete collection of Buddy Holly both in Lp an 45s. I still get a kick out of playing these records.
I was so fortunate to meet John Pickering at the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame awards in 2007. We had a great conversation and he was most gracious with my Buddy Holly questions. Such an honor. Also spend some time with Sonny West who was also in attendance. I have been to Lubbock several times and recently had an opportunity to run up the road to Clear Lake, IA, but you know I just couldn't bring myself to do this. The Buddy Holly I know and enjoy all the time lives on. May God Bless.
John A. Holley, thank you for your nice comments. We were in Clear Lake in 2009 and it is very sad to see the place where the plane crashed. Like you, it is nice to remember Buddy and the others alive. I went to high school with Buddy.
February 6, 2017
at 2:10 PM said:
I was listening to sirous radio and they played Blue Days, Black nights and was blown away by the vocal version I heard, being a big Buddy Holly fan,I wondered why I never heard that version it took awhile but I found out who and that rhapsody had two albums and have been listening to them quite a bit. wish I had heard them years ago. great job .
Thank you Mike. Vicky Pickering.
January 3, 2017
at 7:22 PM said:
Michael O'Neil, thank you for your comments. Bill and John Pickering of The Picks are deceased. Bob Lapham lives in Abilene, Texas. He is on FB and would be glad to send you an autograph.
January 3, 2017
at 7:18 PM said:
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.
December 1, 2016
at 7:42 PM said:
I'm glad I came across this cite as I have most of my life followed rnr, rnb, jazz,swing, and it's now AMERICANA. Dig it! I've enjoyed reading about your family's contributions to buddy holly s music. All was done in sincerity and i appreciate it. I'm almost 70 now and it's my interest in most genras of music that have kept me in reasonable health and encourage young folks to keep going after all ROOTS OF ARTISTS !
August 20, 2016
at 2:15 PM said:
I will be attending The Clovis Festival on September 2016. I hope that The Picks will attend, as I would LOVE to meet you!
p.s. How can I acquire an autograph ?
August 5, 2016
at 6:35 AM said:
I met Vicky Pickering last night while entertaining for the Alief, Tx AARP club. For many years on my radio show, Bobby Socks & Doo-Wop(R), I have played Buddy Holly's music and mentioned he was backed by "The Picks." Shaking her hand, I felt I had touched a piece of history.
July 5, 2016
at 8:43 PM said:
Great people do great thing's they were all great rave on Billy Carlen
Joe Pickering Jr.
August 8, 2015
at 2:57 PM said:
Re: John and Vickie: Several years ago I emailed back and forth to John for a little while as we shared our love for music....although John and the Picks reached far greater heights than I. I wrote songs and am a music publisher with BMI and ASCAP. I thought that The Picks should have been the ones featured as the backup singers with Buddy Holly in the Buddy Holly Story. I also enjoyed talking with John and later Vickie wondering if our Pickering Families came for the same "TREE." The Pickering House in Salem, was built in the early 1640's by the first John Pickering who came over from England. Unfortunately, I did not know that John had passed until I spoke with Vickie much later. Wonderful heritage The Picks gave to American Music !!
Joe Chris Ramirez
March 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM said:
I had the good fortune of knowing John when I trained him to be a recruiter. He had the highest of integrity and so talented in every thing he did. he was bitter when Holly use the Pickering voices and had a younger group of singers that replaced them. He was a great man and I was very fortunate to have met him. Strangely enough another great singer/author I also met while at M. David Lowe and it was Elton's John's songwriter Bernie Taupen.
January 25, 2015
at 9:54 AM said:
As I listen to Buddy Holly's music without The Picks, I hear a fuller and richer sound when The Picks are present. A more satisfying experience. "Love Is Strange" is a perfect example of this.
June 22, 2014
at 10:49 AM said:
The Picks played an important role in the early success of Buddy Holly. His wonderful vocals and songwriting abilities were significantly enhanced by the Picks and their "one of a kind" harmonies.
Unfortunately, many still don't realize that the Picks were with Buddy Holly from the beginning.
With their unique and timeless vocals, and with Buddy's move in the direction of orchestral arrangements, many future great songs could have been produced for the world.
Someday the Picks will get the recognition and credit they deserve.
A great book could be written about The Picks.
August 17, 2013
at 7:46 PM said:
Can't wait to meet you at the show in Liberty,Tx with Kenny James and Sting Ray Anothony! What a treat!
May 17, 2013
at 6:22 AM said:
I heard "Goin' Down to the River" in1971 (1971?) on Houston radio: KIKK? Pacifica? Bought it at a hole- in-the-wall country gospel record store. One of my favorite records from that era. Nice to see that they are remembered on this web site. Still have the 45. Hunter@dcccdedu
Robin Clayton WLRC Walnut MS
May 3, 2013
at 11:30 PM said:
Good To see Southern Gospel Harmony represented in Musical
Forms that went around The Globe. Like Sand Mountain
Alabama's Louvin Brothers Sacred Harp Phrasing Influencing
The Everlys Them Paul and John in Britain. Then Texas
Boys Who were Discipled Musically by a Vaughan Quartet
Man Who Shared Stages with Stamps Baxter Shaped Note Men
Whose Expert Harmonies Backed Buddy Holly in a Region
That Produced Columbia Record's Millions Selling Chuck
Wagon Gang doubtless catapulted Shape Note Gospel Harmony
Into Worldwide Rock and Roll. The Harmony was perfected.
No Wonder Buddy Holly Picked The Picks.
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