Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’

Neil Diamond – Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter


Neil Leslie Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his high school diploma from Abraham Lincoln High School and later attended New York University on a fencing scholarship.

He had aspirations of pursuing a life in medicine, specifically as a laboratory biologist. However, during his senior year at NYU a music publishing company offered to pay him $50 per week to write songs. That was his beginning. Read more »

Buddy Holly – Singer – Songwriter

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Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936. He was always called “Buddy” by his family. His older brothers taught him how to play the guitar, banjo and the lap steel guitar.

Buddy won a local talent contest at the age of five by singing a song, which was popular in the early 1940′s, “Have You Ever Gone Sailing (Down The River Of Memories)”.

Holley met Bob Montgomery in 1952 and the two formed up as “Buddy and Bob”, singing harmony duets, with a bluegrass influence, at nearby clubs and talent shows.

In 1955,  Holley saw Elvis Presley perform in Lubbock. Seeing Elvis had a major influence in the music that Buddy was currently playing. He liked the rockabilly style with its strong acoustic rhythms and bass. Read more »