The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy's legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy's footsteps.

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  • Chris Difford’s Annual Songwriting Retreat

    Sponsored by The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation
    June 15th – 23rd 2014

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  • Official Abbey Road Guitar Presentation Video

    Click below to watch the Official Abbey Road Guitar Presentation presented by Radio Legend Johnnie Walker

  • Chris Difford Joins the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation
  • Johnnie Walker Joins the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation

    Johnnie Walker joins The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation As an Honored Friend & Guest Speaker of The Abbey Road Studio 3 Official Guitar Presentation. March 6th 2014.

    Johnnie Walker – Speech 1

    Johnnie Walker – Speech 2

  • Learning the Game – Annual Song Writing Convention

    Learning the Game

  • TBHEF Official Guitar Presentation Abbey Road Studio 3

    Abbey Road Studios is an iconic and legendary home of British music. They have very kindly allowed us to make this presentation in Studio 3 (the room in which the Beatles recorded (Revolver) & Pink Floyd (Wish You Where Here).

    It gives me great pride to know that on March 6th we will officially presenting these great artists with the foundation’s hand built Acoustic guitars, 18 of which have an original fret from Buddy’s original Gibson J45, the guitar on which he wrote Everyday and many more songs.

    Radio Legend Johnnie Walker will present each of the following artists with their guitar.

    Bruce Welch
    Albert Lee
    Brian May
    Roger Daltrey
    Allan Clarke
    Mike Berry
    Sharleen Spiteri
    Marty Wilde
    Chris Difford

    We have some very exiting plans which we will announce on the day! It’s going to be a very important year for the foundation and we look forward to sharing it with you.

  • Nokie Edwards Records 12 Brilliant Instrumental Versions of Buddy/Cricket Songs

    Nokie Edwards, legendary guitarist of The Ventures and acclaimed solo artist, recently recorded 12 brilliant instrumental versions of Buddy/Cricket songs in Nashville for TBHEF. Everyday and It Doesn’t Matter Anymore are a couple of tasters from Nokie’s 12 track DVD/CD. This will be one of 3 from a unique triple DVD/CD package which will be unveiled and released later in the year. More news regarding this exciting project will be revealed in the coming weeks.

  • Icons David Frizzell & Friends to Honor Buddy Holly A 21-Song Collection is Set for 2014 Release

    February 3, 2014 (Nashville, TN) — It has been called “The Day The Music Died,” a day that was memorialized in the hit Don McLean song “American Pie.” It was 55 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson (known as The Big Bopper) were killed along with their pilot when their small plane crashed into an Iowa corn field on the way to a tour date.

    The three stars were young icons of the rock and roll era, with Buddy Holly in particular often credited for influencing stars that followed, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen. Holly was just 22 when he died.

    Now, Country Music legend David Frizzell is wrapping production on a 21-song collection honoring the musical legacy of Buddy Holly. The album will benefit the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation (www.tbhef.org) and is expected to be released in time for the first annual Buddy Holly Festival which is planned in Lubbock, Texas surrounding Holly’s September 7th birthday.

    “I’m a huge fan of Buddy, always have been,” says Country’s living legend, Frizzell. “It’s an honor to record these songs with my friends and pay homage to Buddy Holly.”

    Frizzell is known for his hit Country songs and for collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. True to form, David invited some very special friends to be part of the Buddy Holly tribute project. The iconic stylist is joined by equally stellar voices including Merle Haggard, T. Graham Brown, Helen Cornelius, Sonny Curtis and Jimmy Fortune on what will surely be one of the most memorable recorded events of 2014.

    “We originally talked about 10-15 songs, but it just grew and grew, including a tribute to the Everly Brothers who toured with Buddy,” Frizzell says. “Working on this project has surpassed everyone’s expectations. I look forward to sharing this album with fans around the world.”

  • Obama Admits U.S. Hasn’t Been The Same Since Buddy Holly Died

    WASHINGTON—Saying that the time was right to come to terms with a difficult and enduring chapter in America’s history, President Obama admitted during his State of the Union address Tuesday night that the United States “just hasn’t been the same” since the death of music legend Buddy Holly.

    After beginning his speech by touting several political and economic accomplishments realized during his most recent year in office, a wistful and visibly saddened Obama abruptly turned his attention to the death of Buddy Holly, spending the majority of the speech discussing the brighter, better years prior to the 22-year-old rock and roll pioneer’s sudden passing in a plane crash in 1959, and repeatedly stating that America would “likely never again see” such simple, prosperous times again.

    “Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens: In the one year since my reelection, more Americans have found jobs, our new health care system has delivered coverage to millions of previously uninsured individuals, and we have moved closer to our goal of energy independence,” said Obama before pausing and growing reflective. “But regardless of all these achievements, it’s time that we as a country recognize that things just haven’t been the same—in many ways, haven’t been right—since that dark February day when America was robbed of Buddy Holly.”

    “What we lost on that day was so much more than a rock and roll musician—we lost our innocence, we lost our youth, we all lost a little bit of ourselves,” Obama continued, adding that Buddy Holly’s rare mix of talent, vision, and youthful vitality just hasn’t been seen in America for decades and almost certainly never again would be. “And of course, this all goes without mentioning the deaths of Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper—two more stars whose extinguishing from the firmament left our nation a little darker.”

    Throughout the 75-minute speech, Obama discussed all three of Holly’s studio albums along with his numerous posthumously released recordings, noting that the death of the musician forever changed every aspect of America, instilling a grave sadness in the heart of the nation that remains to this very day.

    According to the president, no advancements in science, no research and development subsidies, nor even any increase in arts funding could ever bring such a beloved icon back, and no government project of any kind could compare to the simple joy of witnessing “someone like Buddy—someone so gifted, so full of life—go up on stage with his Stratocaster and do what he does best.”

    “When we talk about Buddy Holly, we’re really talking about a star with a once-in-a-lifetime brilliance who will never be replicated,” Obama said, noting that artists like Elvis Presley or even The Beatles could never fully heal the nation or restore the purity of American life that existed before Holly’s death. “Let’s face it: Buddy Holly changed America. In many ways, he defined and embodied America. And I’m talking about much more than what songs like ‘That’ll Be The Day’ did for rock music. I’m talking about his attitude, his presence—I’m talking about that feeling you get when you listen to wild, unbridled music and hold your girl close.”

    “Do you know what I mean?” Obama then added, looking over his shoulders for a nod of approval from House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden.

    Bypassing the traditional State of the Union format of laying out his political plans for the following year, Obama spent nearly a full 15 minutes reciting the lyrics to Holly’s 1957 single “Everyday,” pausing every few moments to let the words sink in, and explaining how the unforgettable song symbolized a more hopeful time for America.

    “Of course, those Americans who were alive during Buddy Holly’s lifetime know exactly what it was like to be transported by a song made up of just a few simple chords that nevertheless manage to convey a feeling of unbounded brightness, optimism, and splendor,” said Obama, looking across the gathered assembly. “The tragic reality is that no one will ever get to experience that feeling again. And no matter what accomplishments we achieve as a nation, as a people united in a common purpose, we can never regain that lost joy and purity we once took for granted.”

    “My fellow Americans, if we’re being truly honest with ourselves, I think we can all admit one thing,” Obama continued. “While the state of the union may be strong, it would have been a hundred times stronger if Buddy were still with us.”

  • Roger Daltrey

    We are proud and delighted to announce that on the 6th of March 2014, Roger Daltrey, one of the finest Rock vocalists and most exciting frontmen of any era, will be joining the brilliant Pete Townshend, [It’s So Easy guitar] his legendary co-founder of one of the world’s greatest ever bands The Who, as TBHEF Lifetime recipient of the Oh Boy guitar.

    More news later.

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  • David Frizzell’s Buddy Holly Country Tribute Album

    Thank you to The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation for letting us (David Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis and T. Graham Brown) do this great Tribute to Buddy Holly. Release date September 2014 (21 song CD with "making of" DVD)

  • The Beatles “Words Of Love” Music Video Released

    The Beatles’ Buddy Holly cover is given a charming and shiny new music video. The clip uses footage from The Beatles' concerts, tomfoolery and time on the road and intersperses them with cute animation which gives the short video an endearing, home-woven aesthetic.
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  • Dave Stewart “Raining in My Heart”


    Dave recorded this to recognize what would have been Buddy Holly's 76th birthday his recording of the song and video are donated to The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.
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  • Waddy Wachtel “Words of Love”


    Waddy Wachtel was presented with a custom made J-45 guitar, just like the original one played by Buddy Holly, by Dave Stewart on behalf of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation at Capitol Records on 5/21/13.
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  • Buddy Holly and The Hollies “Peggy Sue Got Married”

    Buddy Holly and The Hollies (Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott) - Peggy Sue Got Married.
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  • Nokie Edwards “It Don’t Matter Anymore”

    Nokie Edwards Plays (It doesn't matter anymore). Mosrite Records Nashville Tennessee.
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