This is a demo recording of Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison performing Bo Diddley’s song “Mona”. It was recorded in a small studio in Clovis, New Mexico, where Roy Orbison (who is also from West Texas) also recorded. (I have had the pleasure of seeing this studio when I worked briefly in the small southern New Mexico town of Clovis.) It’s a bit rough yes, but it’s a great version with acoustic guitar. It’s a pity this did not become a single. The slow parts are intriguing, showing what the Bo Diddley beat could become if it were slowed down.
May 28, 2009
The Day the Music Lived!: an Early Buddy Holly Demo
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