"It's testament to the quality of the songs": Buddy Holly scores Top 20 album on 60th anniversary of first hitting UK charts


Buddy Holly has today (November 23) returned to the UK charts sixty years after he first entered them with 1958’s The Chirping Crickets.

Released via Decca, True Love Ways features a collection of Holly’s most beloved hits set to brand new orchestrations by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It entered the Official UK Album Charts at No.14, nearly a decade on from Holly’s last Top 20 album.

Speaking about the chart result, Holly’s widow – and executive producer of the new album – Maria Elena, said: “What wonderful news! True Love Ways entering the UK Top 20 charts today is testament to both the timeless quality of the songs and these beautiful interpretations and arrangements”

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, added: “It is a perfect piece of symmetry that 60 years since Buddy Holly scored his first album chart hit with the Crickets in 1958, he is back in the chart with True Love Ways, an album of sumptuous orchestral recordings of his biggest hits.”

True Love Ways was recorded in London’s Angel Studios, and produced by Nick Patrick. It was conceived to pick up where Holly’s final recording session – in which the singer adopted an 18-piece orchestra – left off in October 1958.

Peter Bradley Snr, co-founder of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation said: “A magical time in music revisited. Over sixty years have passed and music from one of the most important albums of the 1950s (The Chirping Crickets) continues to be as relevant and influential as when it was first recorded.”

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