Bob Montgomery

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 2000s


12 May 1937, Lambasas, Texas, USA. While attending Lubbock’s Hutchinson High School, this rhythm guitarist was partnered by Buddy Holly as a ‘Singer of Western and Bop’ when entertaining at parents’ evenings, parties and, indeed, ‘anywhere we could get to a microphone’. Sometimes augmented by the younger Larry Welborn on double bass, they were heard regularly on local radio with Montgomery as main vocalist in a repertoire that embraced his (and Holly’s) own compositions. Among these were ‘Flower Of My Heart’ and other items taped as demos in the mid-50s. With superimposed backing, these would be released after Holly’s death giving them historical importance. It was Holly who was singled out by Decca Records in 1956 as the most commercial talent. However, not begrudging him his luck, Montgomery continued to write songs with his friend, among them ‘Wishing’, ‘Love’s Made A Fool Of You’ and...

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