Who is Bob Montgomery?
Montgomery was born in Lampasas, Texas. He was a songwriting partner and best friend of Buddy Holly, performing together as the duo "Buddy and Bob" while teenagers in high school. Initially, they were playing a variety of bluegrass music that evolved to the rockabilly sounds.
Montgomery met Holly at Hutchinson Junior High School in Lubbock, Texas in 1949. They joined up and started playing at school assemblies and on local radio shows. Montgomery sang lead and Holly harmonized. They soon had a weekly Sunday radio show on station KDAV. On October 14, 1955, Bill Haley & His Comets did a concert at the Fair Park Auditorium which also featured Montgomery, Holly and bassist Larry Welborn on the bill. Eddie Crandall, Marty Robbins' manager, spoke to KDAV station owner Pappy Dave Stone and told him he was interested in Holly as a solo performer. Holly's career then began after demo recordings of his music were made and sent to Decca Records.
Montgomery co-wrote some of Holly's songs, such as "Heartbeat", "Wishing", and "Love's Made a Fool of You" as well as the pop standard "Misty Blue". He also wrote "Back in Baby's Arms" for Patsy Cline. His son Kevin Montgomery recently recorded a version of this song, which appears on his album True.
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