What was the synth on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

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What was the synth on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

Post by Dom87456 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:33 pm

Hi vintage synth lovers.

Anybody has an idea what was the anachronic synth used on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

I always thought that it was added in the 80s or 90s during a remastering and that an original version without the synth existed. First, because to me it sounds more like a 70s or 80s synth than a primitive electric instrument, and it is polyphonic. Also, its sound is very warm, it has a lot of reverb on, and it is very present in the mix like it's the water the rest of the instruments are bathed in, which is so not what a 50s rock'n'roll recording engineers would have done. And most of all, the idea of Buddy Holly and a synthesizer in the same room just seems like science-fiction.
But it seems that there was only one version and that this synth has always been there. :shock: But I can't find any info about it.

Now, I read that, though the song was recorded in 1959 shortly before Buddy Holly died, it was released ten years later, in 1969. So there are chances that the synth indeed was added later. But 1969 is still early to me for that sound.

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Re: What was the synth on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

Post by meatballfulton » Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:30 am

The 1959 recording is a short demo of Buddy singing and playing guitar. The rest of the song, including that keyboard, was overdubbed in 1968 and released in 1969.

Sounds like a combo organ to me.
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Re: What was the synth on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:20 am

Norman Petty's wife is known to have played the Celesta on some tracks but that is about as much keyboards as you are likely to find in any of Buddy Holly's original work.

Anything else was added later on to embalm the mortal remains…

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Re: What was the synth on Buddy Holly's “love is strange” ?

Post by Music Bird » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:55 am

Doesn’t sound like a synth, sounds more like a Farfisa organ through chorus.
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