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Monday, 29 February 2016

Heartbeat, Heartbreak and Happiness.

A beating heart coloured in by granddaughter Olivia when she was just three.
When I was about nine years of age there was a great American Pop Singer called Buddy Holly, to say my friend Beryl and I were crazy about him, was an understatement, we just adored him. Beryl was an only child and was rather spoiled by doting parents, she had a record player well before any one else did,  Each week her doting daddy would buy her a record from the Top 20, I was so lucky she chose me to be her best friend as I got to sit in her bedroom and play all the latest hits  with her, which of course, included every Buddy Holly hit.
Buddy Holly taken in the fifties.

He made several hits but one of my favourites was  called  Heartbeat.


John Lennon was a great fan of his and this is reflected in some of his writing, he recorded, with The Beatles, on one of their early albums, 'Words of Love' written and recorded originally by Buddy Holly, again in the fifties.

John Lennon often wore Buddy Holly style glasses but when it was suggested to him that he was copying his hero just a wee bit too much he stopped wearing them. This was rather unfortunate as John was short sighted so he was forever tripping over wires and speakers on stage. As John was such a clown people just thought it was all part of the act. Paul was a great fan too and this was reflected in their early works.

John wearing his 'Buddy' glasses.




 Sadly, in 1959, Buddy Holly was on Tour  in America when he was involved in a plane crash and  lost his life, along with two other pop stars, The Big Bopper and Ricky Valance.

 A sad day for the Pop World.

  Buddy Holly's adoring fans, worldwide were  Heartbroken. Paul McCartney was a great fan too an he and John featured 'Words of Love', (written and recorded by Buddy),  on one of their L.P's.



  HAPPINESS.

On the 19th of this month I celebrated my 70th birthday and it was such a Happy time for all the family. Our three lovely daughters arranged it at Ingrid's (second daughter's) home.
Ian holding the cake me next to him then  Brother in law Mal and his wife Jean,
then at the back son in law Dean with daughter Kirsten,
, then on the front left is Astrid  and on the front right is
Ingrid.   Standing just behind me is young Ian, Astrid's husband and
at the very front are Molly and Olivia, our granddaughters. Our two
grandsons Freddie and Christian scampered off just as the pictures
were being taken.

I have informed the family that now I have reached the grand old age of 70, I am going to behave outrageously, starting wit,h performing 'wheelies' in my motorised wheelchair down at the local shops !

WAY HEY...... look out here comes Grandma ....


My sincere thanks to our  HIGHLY ESTEEMED Administrator ROGER who toils away keeping ABCW in good order, Also, not forgetting  the  HEARTWARMING  DENISE who founded ABCW many moons ago!
And not forgetting the HEARTY band of HELPERS who assist with visit and commenting on other ABCW ers each week.

I must also thank all those who have helped me overcome the grief I feel  during the loss of my dear sister Norma.  It has been a great source of comfort having the prayers and kind thoughts of so many of my ABCW friends.....Thank you...Di.xx

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43 comments:

  1. Paul's publishing company MPL, controls the Buddy Holly music catalog!

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    1. That's right Roger and I believe, after a film was released about
      Buddy Holly's life Paul and his company protested about the inaccuracies in it.
      Furthermore, with the help of Buddy Holly's wife, they went on to make another
      film about him to set the records right.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  2. Wonderful intro to the letter H, Di! You look great at your birthday party. Happy belated birthday to you!!

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    1. Hi Ellen, thank you for your kind words, and birthday wishes.
      My Birthday party was great fun, Our girls did so well, I'm so
      proud of them and feel truly blessed to have such a kind and loving
      husband and family..
      Best wishes.
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  3. What a wonderful intro... i love it !
    And in my head i see you racing...oh how i wish to see that in real ;-)
    You look wonderful anyhow. congrats and many lovely, lucky healthy and blessed years for you to come!


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  4. Hello Melody,
    Thanks for your kind comments, so good to hear from you again.
    It's so good to have the opportunity to chat with people from all
    walks in life. This means so much to me as I spend a lot of time
    indoors, particularly in cold and damp weather... roll on Spring!
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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    1. Hi Di... likewise !! I can't wait for Spring to arrive ;-)

      Who knows, maybe someday....we race in our wheelchairs through a spring-filled forest.... competition, who can race the fastest ;-)

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    2. I think I may have to get a turbo powered model, Melody to take up your challenge,
      would be great fun though!
      Cheers Di xxx

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  5. We love Buddy Holly in this house too, still love listening to his tunes. I have seen a few musical tributes on stage to him. You have a beautiful family--all those smiles. Happy birthday and I pray 70 will be a great one for you.
    Ann

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    1. Hello Anne, I have some old singles of Buddy's but unfortunately do not have anything to
      play them on, maybe i shall treat myself to a DVD of his greatest hits or pick some up on my i player.
      Each time my youngest daughter drops by she gives me yet another lesson in technology.
      Regards,
      Di xx

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  6. We love Buddy Holly in this house too, still love listening to his tunes. I have seen a few musical tributes on stage to him. You have a beautiful family--all those smiles. Happy birthday and I pray 70 will be a great one for you.
    Ann

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  7. A great. tribute to your idol as only you can write and illustrate with photos.I am so sorry that you are house bound. You are so brave and such a good friend. Thanks for your inspiring post. Thanks for being a friend.
    Wil

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  8. I almost forgot to wish you a happy belated birthday!!
    Wil

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    1. Thank you too Wil for being my friend.
      It is wonderful to have met so many lovely
      people via cyber-space and, as I may have mentioned, I have actually met a few blogger
      friends including, Denise and Leslie.
      We shall be meeting Leslie again in June when she
      jets into the UK again... can't wait.
      Thank you for your kind birthday wishes,we all had a great time, good food good wine and good company!
      Hope you keeping well and warm, it's very cold here and snow is forecast....so Chloe cat and I are sitting snuggled up in front of a nice log fire. My husband is playing golf...rather him than me... brrr!
      love di xx

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  9. Way hey...you GO Grandma! Wonderful post about Buddy Holly - I remember hearing the reporting on the radio about his plane going down. It was so tragic to the entire music community and fans alike! Happy 70th birthday - I'm not far behind!

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    1. Hi there Leslie... there was a song in the sixies with the lyrics 'Go Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny, Go,Go,Go... may have been The Beach Boys, another favourite group from my teens, what fun we had then! I too first heard the sad news of Buddy's death on the radio, I was shocked, along with millions of other adoring fans, he was far too young to lose his life.
      love Di xx

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    2. Di - the song you're thinking of is The little old lady from Pasadena, yes, by the Beach Boys.

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    3. Di - the song you're thinking of is The little old lady from Pasadena, yes, by the Beach Boys.

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    4. That's the one Roger. well done, I knew you would pick up on that!
      I had every LP made by the Beach Boys, which my ex took when we
      parted in 1982. I got the kids,dog and cat and he got the record
      collection, also including all The Beatles EP's, singles and LP's.
      I did buy CD's of The Beatles stuff that I liked, some of their
      stuff I didn't care much for, I think they went of the rails a bit so
      it wasn't such a bad thing for them to part. Although I always hoped
      they may get together again at a later date, but sadly,
      that wasn't meant to be.
      Cheers,
      Di..xx

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  10. Happy belated birthday! I've noticed that After 60 people start freaking out about your age:) Do whatever you like to do since you are still here! Buddy Holly was not that much known in Europe (that's where I lived as a teen), but the Beatles were extremely popular.

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    1. Hi Jeannette,
      Thank you for your birthday wishes. Age is nothing but a number after all!
      It's a pity Buddy Holly wasn't so well known in Europe, maybe, had he lived longer, his fame may have spread through Europe. I know that The Beatles were popular in Europe as they more or less rose to fame after playing in clubs in Hamburg.
      Once they had a number one hit in the UK they were invited to appear on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in America....The world was their Oyster and Buddy Holly, amongst others, was their inspiration.
      Best wishes,
      Di..

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  11. I believe Buddy Holly is one of our most talented Texan musicians. Blessings!

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    1. Hello Arnoldo,
      I didn't know that Buddy was Texan. He had a great talent, when you think of the short time he was performing, on stage and making records, his talent was enormous. He wrote such melodious stuff, some of it with such beautiful close harmony, such as 'Words of Love, as I mentioned the Beatles covered that to great applause, truly beautiful stirring harmony.
      Best wishes.
      Di. xx


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  12. He was also part of my youth !

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    1. Hello Gattina,
      I'm glad you had the pleasure in your youth to enjoy listening to Buddy Holly,
      good to hear from you again,
      Best wishes,
      Di xx

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  13. Many happy returns of your special day!
    My "H" is for HYDRA Island in Greece.

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    1. Hi Nick,
      thanks for your kind words, it was a special day indeed!
      When I've completed my replies, I shall drop by your site
      and have a good read,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Thanks Linda, very kind of you.

      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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    1. Thanks Fredamans, ]
      It was such a special day.
      Best wishes ,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Indeed !

      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Di!!!! Be sure to have someone take photos of you as you perform your wheelies. Hmmm, maybe you can make up a dance, with wheelies, to a Buddy Holly song. Big, big hugs to you. :-)

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    1. Yo Susie,
      good to hear from you, You are so inventive... how about 'That'll Be The Day'...
      Big hugs back at you Susie...hope Mama, Husband and cat are well....We have snow
      today and it's very cold.....no wheelies today I'm afraid !
      love,
      Di xx.
      ABCW team.

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  18. The only one I know here is John Lennon.
    I like the Happy for H!
    http://www.36hourworkweek.com/2016/03/happy-birthday.html

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    1. Hello Carin,
      good to hear from you.
      John Lennon was a legend, he died too young too!

      best wishes.
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  19. Buddy Holly was popular just before my music listening time, but I know he had a huge influence on music through the ages. - Margy

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    1. Hi Margy,
      Good to hear from you again,
      Buddy was indeed a great influence on many young singers and bands,
      so sad he died so young.
      I hope things are good with you and hubby up on Powell River... snowing here, grandchildren are delighted!
      Best wishes,
      ABCW team.

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  20. Belated Happy B'day, Di!
    Don't worry about Norma. God loved her & invited her sooner...
    I love the word 'happiness'. May we all have loads of it.
    I have shared a poem about 'a bottle of happiness' :)

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    1. Hello Anita,
      Thank you for your kind words, I'm coming to terms
      now with the loss of Norma, and God did love her,
      she is free of pain now and resting in the arms of our
      blessed and loving Lord.
      Happiness is the cure all and I was so HAPPY to share
      my birthday with so many, including my loving family.
      I shall pop over to your site to read about 'a bottle of happiness'

      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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