BOB MONTGOMERY

Born 12 May 1937, Lampasas, Texas
Died 4 December 2014, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

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" and others. 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. Eventually they had their own little weekly radio show on KDAV. The recordings that exist from that period (released on the "Holly In The Hills" album, with overdubs by the Fieballs) 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). 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), a personal favourite of mine.

Montgomery was recently interviewed by Spencer Leigh for Now Dig This (February 2003 issue). The interview is available on the Web at http://www.spencerleigh.demon.co.uk/bobmonty.htm

 
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