BUDDY HOLLY LIVES
The Lee Limerick Story
Lee Limerick - Buddy Holly fan/Tea drinker
Firstly, I would like to say thanks to Hans for featuring my Buddy Holly covers and
for all the great work he has done on this fantastic website!
I’m 46 years old and have been a semi-professional musician and playing gigs in various bands since I was 15.
During the day I am an odd-job man/handyman doing general property maintenance. I play around 3 gigs every week in
London in various cover bands. My most regular gig is in Soho’s Oneills bar in Wardour Street, where The Crickets once played when it was called the Whiskey-a-go-go!
The "Rave On" LP mentioned below
I have been a fan of Buddy since I was a young boy. Like most kids who grew up in the 70s & 80s, playing records was pretty much the only indoor activity you could do on a rainy day and we have plenty of those in England! We had a copy of “Rave On”, an MFP compilation album of Buddy Holly’s hits.
It was my favourite of all the records that we had, I was just so taken with this style of music and Buddy’s hiccup singing style. I had no idea why, I just really liked it, so I listened to it a lot. I don’t know what happened to that record, but I recently bought a copy of it and I can’t wait to set up my old record player now to see that red oval go round again!
So here's Lee's rendition of 'RAVE ON' from 2019 !
When I saw the trailers for the movie “La Bamba” in 1987, I was hugely start-struck by the excitement of this story being in a new movie and was totally blown away what Los Lobos had done with Ritchie’s songs. Right then, I decided I had to get a guitar and learn to play. I had actually already learned to play before I was even able to see that movie, because it had a 15 certificate in the cinema and I was only 14 at the time, so I had to wait a year to see it on video.
I found a guitar teacher in my local newspaper classifieds, it turns out that they guy I called was Alan Warner from The Foundations, he just happened to live near me and was teaching students. We actually formed a rock n roll band in 1988, playing all the old classics in pubs around London. I played rhythmn guitar and sang (and learned as much as I could from him!). I also worked as an apprentice in his recording studio, I made my first recordings there. I recorded “Oh Boy” and “Rock Around With Ollie Vee” in 1989. I don’t have a copy of those recordings now, but I do have the master tapes in my loft, although I don’t have a machine to play them now! Alan and I played a few gigs together again recently, which was really nice, he’s a great guy and still a fantastic guitarist.
I also learned to play drums, I just taught myself from
watching others in bands I played in. Actually the biggest
gig I ever did was as the drummer of a band called “JAG”. In
2005, we won a battle of the bands competition with a song
called “Stranger Fings” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=RAtV99vdIik ) and we got to play in Hyde Park and also
support “Madness” on their forest tour in the summer that
year. That was an unforgettable experience!
Lee - Drums - JAG
I never really made any effort to try to be famous or “hit the big time” so to speak. I suffered terrible anxiety when I was younger, so the thought of having to perform on a big stage terrified me. Plus I had kids very young, so I was happy doing my day job and playing gigs in pubs for fun and some extra cash.
Lee - Drums - 2005
I did make an album in 1996 called “Outside Out”. It was released by the now defunct “Headline” record label. John Simms, the singer/guitarist from “Clear Blue Sky
” saw me play in his local pub and said if I had any original songs, he would be happy to let me use his studio to record them. We are still good friends today and he is still making some great music. I sang some songs and wrote the lyrics for the title track for their 2009 album “Don’t Mention Rock & Roll”.
I have recently re-mastered that old album and will re-relase it soon and also make some new songs.
Andrea - Lucy - Lee
Today, I play in London’s West End in a cover band called “Playground Mafia” and also play acoustic guitar and sing in a duo called “Both Barrels” with my friend and super guitarist Andrea Samengo
. I play drums once or twice a month with a covers band called “The Swans”, which is great, because I hadn’t played drums at all for over 10 years until I joined them. I also play guitar in a duo my daughter Lucy, playing reggae songs. She has a great voice!
We made this reggae cover version of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” https://youtu.be/OH81QbJG75w
Me - Alan - April 2019
My life and all of the people in it came about from the places I have been. The places I have been are mostly connected with playing the guitar and, I play the guitar because of Buddy Holly. He is still giving us all gifts!
A few years ago, I found a copy of “The Apartment Tapes”, so myself and my best mate Joe, grabbed a few beers, set up the recording gear and loaded in “Peggy Sue Got Married
”, which was just Buddy and his acoustic guitar. We added drums and our own guitars, bass and backing vocals. We got to record a song with the great man himself!
"Peggy Sue Got Married" Video
I have long wanted to make a whole collection of cover versions of Buddy Holly songs, but due to work & stuff, I just never got around to it until now. I am doing my best on these recordings to sing and play in Buddy’s style, it’s not my natural style. I have something of a hidden talent for immitating voices, although Buddy’s is so unique, its difficult to even get close! I will keep making more and add them to my “Thanks Buddy!” collection on my Youtube channel and on my website
A stunning rendition of "MAYBE BABY". Don't miss all the other ones!
Maybe one day I will take the backing tracks I have made and do some Buddy Holly tribute gigs somewhere, although I look nothing like him, so I don’t know if that could really work. Even if I wore some glasses, I have no hair now. I did think about calling myself “Baldy Holly”, but I found that there is already a band with that name, very good they are too!!
Anyway, if you’re still reading, then you’re long overdue a nice cup of tea by now!
Thanks for listening to my covers, I hope you enjoy them and thanks as ever to
Buddy Holly & The Crickets for all they have done for all of us!
THANX, mate! I really like your Buddy Holly covers. as there are:
(18th of December, 2019)
BABY I DON'T CARE
BLUE DAYS BLACK NIGHTS
IT'S NOT MY FAULT
IT'S SO EASY
LOVE'S MADE A FOOL OF YOU
NOT FADE AWAY
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (2 versions with Buddy Holly)
RAINING IN MY HEART
THAT MAKES IT TOUGH
THAT'LL BE THE DAY
THINK IT OVER
TRUE LOVE WAYS
WORDS OF LOVE