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parker gary on June 5, 2018 at 3:14 PM said:

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stan wollmers on March 6, 2018 at 10:11 AM said:


I've been a Buddy Holly fan since That'll Be the Day broke out in 1957. I had a wonderful conversation with Bob Lapham a few years ago and he sent me his book, "Meet me by the River, Buddy Holly".
Since then I have purchased the Best of Buddy Holly and the Crickets on 3 CDs and I have listened to the incredible harmonies of Bob, John & Bill over and over. I am still amazed at how perfect the harmonies were and t gives me great joy to listen to just one voice at a time to see how difficult it must have been to create such a tapestry of beautiful harmonies.

Stan, thank you very much for your comments. The Picks were honored to have fans who continue to enjoy the music. Vicky Pickering.
Phil Lassiter on February 10, 2018 at 9:57 AM said:

The Picks singing behind Buddy Holly was the ultimate experience.So much emotion in those guys voices.

Phil, thank you for your nice comments. I will send you a photo soon from your request. Vicky
John A. Holley on 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.
mike anderson on 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.
Vicky Pickering on 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.
Vicky Pickering on January 3, 2017 at 7:18 PM said:

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.
Steve gross on 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 !
Michael O'Neil on 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 ?
Wally Newman on 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.

Wally Newman
Billy Carlen on 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. on 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 on 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.
David Martin on 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.
David Martin on 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.
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