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welcome to 'scarce records,' a blog to showcase and discuss some of the most interesting vinyl releases ever pressed as well as the record collecting hobby itself. each post will feature a different record with information on the release, how i came across it, its supposed book value and anything else that might be relevant. new records are posted at least three times per week.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Buddy Holly - The Buddy Holly Story (Coral CRL 57276)

It seems pretty cliche to call The Beatles your favorite band. Everyone loves The Beatles. Of course you love them, they are The Beatles. In the scope of early rock/rockabilly, that's Buddy Holly, too. He is the face of the genre, effectively. Much like The Beatles the popular image of Holly is completely justified. It's one of the rare times in the history of music where the quality of the artist is evenly matched by the fame of the artist. The music is brilliant. It's practically perfect. This album in particular is the first greatest hits record of Holly's and it was the first thing Coral got out after Holly's sudden death. Holly really only put out two or three albums in his short life so this compilation is considered one of his primary releases.
Oddly, this is one of THREE copies I have found of this record. The first was a very exciting find in a Pennsylvania antique store. I didn't know much about records at the time and probably overpaid for it but its $300 Goldmine book value was a big selling point. Copy numero dos was actually a rare eBay record purchase for me. I don't generally buy records on eBay but there was a lot with this record and "The Buddy Holly Story Volume 2" which is equally as good musically. I then lucked into a third copy at the Goodwill in Athens, GA. It is the only record valued over $200 that I have found multiple copies of. I obviously no longer buy into its $300 supposed value (I've simply seen it around too many times) but it's Buddy Holly, it sounds great and it looks great.
Two other Holly records are high on my wishlist "The Crickets - The Chirping Crickets" and "Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly." They are the ones I am sure came out during his lifetime. Hopefully I'll find them for reasonable prices in the future.


  1. I have The Buddy Holly Story by Epic
    SE 35412 (2 Sides) Songs are: Rave on , It's So Easy, Clear Lake Medley, That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Peggy Sue, Mabe Baby, Not Fade Away, I'M Gonna Love you Too (On Side 2) Whole Lotta Shakin Goin on, Well All Right, Listen to Me, Maybe Baby, Everyday, Roller Rink Medley, Rock Around with Ollie Vee. If this is of any value, please let me know at Thanks

  2. I am interested in finding out what my 4 Buddy Holly records are worth. I have 4 Coral Records: Buddy Holly Showcase, Holly in the Hills Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery, Reminiscing Buddy Holly, and one just titled Buddy Holly. Any idea where I can find out exactly what they are worth and sell them? thanks -kathy

  3. I just inherited several records one of them I am willing to sell for the right price is "The Buddy Holly Story and The Crickets" CRL 57279. Coral Records. Email me at


  5. the above link is an ebay auction for: