|Bob Montgomery, who performed with Buddy Holly while at school |
and later wrote some of his hits, has died at the age of 77.
Vocalist / songwriter / producer / music publisher.
Bob Montgomery is probably best known to rock 'n' roll fans for his
association with Buddy Holly.
Buddy's first performances were with Bob and together they wrote
"Down The Line","Wishing", Heartbeat", "Love's Made A Fool Of You"
Montgomery moved to Lubbock at age 12 and first met Buddy Holly in
Junior High. They had a common interest in music and started playing
in school talent shows. He and Holly became radio stars as “Buddy
and Bob” from about 1950 to 1955 on AM 580 at 66th and MLK Ave.
The recordings that exist from that period (released on the "Holly In
The Hills" album, with overdubs by the Fireballs) were mostly demos,
done in Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
That's where Bob also cut a single of his own, "Taste Of The Blues" /
"Because I Love You" (Brunswick, 1959), which was followed by
three singles on Warner Bros under the name of Bob & Carol (Carol
being Montgomery's first wife).
One of them was "That's What You Do To Me", later recorded by the
Everly Brothers on their "It's Everly Time" LP.
Bob's first big success as a songwriter came in 1966 with "Misty Blue",
which was intended for Brenda Lee, but she turned it down. There are
over 200 versions of the song, the most successful being by Wilma
Burgess (# 4 country, 1966), Eddy Arnold (# 3 country, # 57 pop,
1967) and Dorothy Moore (# 3 pop, 1976).
Before that, Cliff Richard had a hit in the UK with Montgomery's "Wind
Me Up" (1965).
In the late 1960s, he moved to Nashville, where he started House of
Gold Music. It became a major publishing house, scoring hits for
country stars including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dottie
West and the Judds.
Bob went on to become a successful producer and publisher ("Behind
Closed Doors" was his biggest song) in the country field.
One of the songs he produced was Marty Robbins' last hit, "Some
Memories Just Won't Die" (1982).
His publicist, Greg Matusky, said he died on 4 December, 2014 in Lee's
Summit, Missouri, after suffering from Parkinson's disease.