Remembering Buddy Holly
Interview with Larry Welborn

I received an email yesterday from Jason Starkey in Durant, Oklahoma and with his permission am sharing it here:


Elvis with Larry (top center), Buddy and Bob Montgemery (far right) in Lubbock - June 3, 1955
Photo courtesy Steve Bonner

James,

I work at a music store in Durant, OK for David Welborn, who is the younger brother of Larry Welborn who played with Buddy Holly in 1955 when Elvis, Scotty and Bill played in Lubbock. I wanted to share this video with you of an interview that Larry did with his younger brother that we put on youtube - where he talks of meeting Elvis, Scotty and Bill.


Buddy Holley, Larry Welborn and Bob Montgomery
Photo Bill Griggs - Rockin' 50s


Buddy & Bob business card
courtesy Larry Welborn and Jayson Starkey

I'm sure you know who Larry is because of the info on your site. He is not one for the limelight, but me being from a different generation, and a musician myself, I can't help but ask him of his stories -- I'm fascinated by this era in music history.


Larry Welborn was born April 13, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, OK. Larry played upright bass with the "Buddy, Bob & Larry" trio starting in 1955. They played fairs, clubs, skating rinks, and any place they could showcase their new rockabilly sound. Recording wise, he appeared on the early undubbed recordings of "Down the Line", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man, and "Bo Diddley" amongst others.
His most notable performance is on the recordings of "That'll Be the Day" and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love."
When Buddy & Bob split, Larry switched to guitar and the Four Teens were formed which included Joe B. Mauldin on bass, Terry Nolan and Brownie Higgs. They became extremely popular in the Lubbock area & released some recordings that did well for them including "Go Little Go Cat" and "Spark Plug."
Larry continued to do session work at Clovis at Norman Petty Studios and was briefly with The Crickets in the 1960's.
He now resides in Oklahoma where he operated his own recording studio and performs locally with his band.

Thank you for your time in reading this email and taking the time to watch Larry's video. I just wanted to share it with you and Scotty because Larry has always spoke so highly of Elvis, Scotty and Bill.


The Four Teens: Joe B. Maudlin , Brownie Higgs, Terry Noland and Larry Welborn (with Buddy's Strat)
Photo courtesy Larry Welborn and Jayson Starkey

Thanks Again,

Jayson
Welborn Music Co.
Durant, OK 74701
580-924-0966

March 31, 2014

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