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Norman Petty Letter - Circa 1960
Lot #745

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Norman Petty Letter - Circa 1960
Lot #745
This rare 1960 letter from Norman Petty speaks about Buddy Holly and his records. Norman Petty produced Buddy Holly during his early days and produced most of the hits Buddy Holly is loved and remembered for. This one of a kind letter would be great in any Buddy Holly or music collection.

Norman Petty is most famous for his recording studio in Clovis, NM. In his homespun studio he produced successful singles for his own musical group and for Texas musicians Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings, Charlie "Sugartime" Phillips, Sonny West, Carolyn Hester, Terry Noland, Jimmy & Cliff Blakley, "Sugar Shack" and "Bottle of Wine" by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, and "Wheels" by the String-A-Longs. Petty produced a number of Canadian groups including Wes Dakus & the Rebels, Barry Allen, Gainsborough Gallery, and the Happy Feeling; all which had chart success in their homeland. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Petty had productions on virtually every major record label in the United States and Canada with numerous regional successes, and of various musical styles.

Petty served as Buddy Holly's recording engineer and also as his first manager until late 1958. Many of Holly's best and most polished efforts were produced at the Clovis studio. After Holly's death, Petty was put in charge of overdubbing unfinished Holly recordings and demos. Petty was hired because he had access to the local musicians that Holly had worked with over the course of his short career, most of whom would not be able to spend time in a professional studio in New York City. Petty died in 1984 at the age of 57.