by Christopher Oglesby
Published by the University of Texas Press:
- William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche Journal
1954: Lubbock High Senior George Nelson
Defeats Junior Buddy Holley in Songwriting Contest
(as told to Chris Oglesby by John Nelson at La Cabaña Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA; 3/25/00)
John Nelson treated me to dinner at his favorite Mexican food place in Los Angeles. Over dinner, John offered to recant the following tale. - Chris Oglesby
John: Okay Lubbock High as this carnival every year: "Lavinrac Renretsew", this carnival during "Round-Up Week" every year. "Round-up Week," in the old days -- or in the 50's -- was essentially the same as it is now; There was a weeks worth of activities. One of the activities then -- much like when we were there and had "The Battle of the Bands" -- was that all the "songwriter" guys in high school would write a song, and then on Friday, the last day of the "Round-Up Week," they would have an assembly. These guys wrote their songs and would get up on stage and perform their songs.
So in 54, when my dad was a Senior, he had bought himself a Gibson guitar-- which I still have -- and wrote his song. At the end of the carnival week, he got up and performed his song; Everybody else performed their songs. And Dad won.
The cool thing was that Buddy Holly, who was a Junior that year, wrote a song with one of his buddies, and performed it And my Old Man won!
Dad gave me that guitar for college graduation.
Chris: You dont know the song that Buddy Holly wrote? [Laughs]
John: No, as a matter of fact, it was before Buddy came up with his unique style. It was mainly a Country kinda song. It would have been great to say he beat "Peggy Sue" or somethin! [Laughs] But thats not the deal.
But I do have a newspaper article in which it says: "George Nelson performed his award winning song." But it doesnt even sayanything about Buddy Holly. Because, Buddy Holley Who was he? In 54? Except a year away from bein a graduate? But they had sang in the choir together, Dad and Buddy.
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