Never-released Buddy Holly song to be auctioned

By Robert W. Welkos

Buddy Holly’s 1959 “Apartment Tapes” six-song acetate that includes Buddy’s never-released song “That’s What They Say” will be auctioned April 9 in Beverly Hills along with a treasure trove of the rock icon’s clothing, candid tour photographs and other personal effects that have been owned by his widow.

“The six-song tape was recorded weeks before he died,” said Noah Fleisher, a spokesman for Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, which is conducting the auction. “This acetate has ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ on it as well as a song that’s never been released.”

Other tunes on the one-sided acetate are “What to Do,” “That Makes it Tough,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Learning the Game.”

Holly recorded the songs on an Ampex tape recorder he bought in December, 1958, from famed producer Norman Petty. In a letter to his parents dated Dec. 11, 1958, Buddy noted that “Peggy Sue Got Married” was his favorite.

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