Buddy Holly Meets Bob Montgomery

In 1951 Buddy met Bob Montgomery, a fellow seventh-grader at Hutchinson Jr. High, who also played guitar and sang country songs.

Montgomery's taste in music ran to country music, especially Hank Williams, and Montgomery would be a major influence over Buddy's choice of music.Billing themselves as "Buddy and Bob," they played junior high assemblies and local radio shows. Their sets were basically country, beefed up by harmonies and their own guitar accompaniment. Buddy and Bob became Lubbock's leading performers. They soon added Larry Welborn to play bass.

By age 13, Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery were playing a kind of music they called Western Bop, as well as mainstream Country songs which they performed at local clubs. The two became very popular in Lubbock and eventually landed their own half-hour radio show on KDAV-AM. The boys opened for the likes of Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins and Bill Haley at local shows.

Buddy and Bob became Lubbock's leading performers. Between 1950 and 1952, they performed at local clubs and high school talent shows, with Bob usually singing lead. When Buddy occasionally would sing lead, you'd hear a less country sound.

By the time Buddy and Bob entered high school, they were widening their audience, performing music they dubbed 'Western and Bop'. Local radio stations also gave impetus to Buddy and Bob's career. KDAV, the nation's first all-country radio station, held a weekly show where Buddy and Bob's popularity grew so much they were given their own half-hour program each Sunday. Their repertoire remained basically country with Bob Montgomery still singing lead.

At every opportunity, the boys would cut demonstration records. Generally, they invited local musicians, including Larry Welborn on bass and Sonny Curtis on guitar, to join them. They sent their 'demos' to record companies, hoping they'd be offered a recording contract.