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I was wondering if Elvis' reaction to Buddy Holly's death was ever recorded? I'm sure he would have been informed while he was in Europe some how. I read that he offered to get Buddy in the Louisiana Hayride shows but when Buddy got down he was turned away by a radio station manager, and Elvis wasn't there at the time. I'm sure there was some level of sadness that one of his Rock'n'Roll colleagues who spoke highly of him came to such a tragic demise. So have you heard of anything in that area or Elvis' life or is it one of those private things we may never hear of until one day a letter is unearthed addressed to his mother speaking of it?

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Sean,
Elvis was understandably very distraught when he learned of Buddy Holly's death while stationed in Germany. Elvis wrote a letter to the Holly family expressing his condolences and apologizing for not being able to attend the funeral. Here is the link if you'd like to view the letter: http://www.elvispresleynews.com/BuddyHolly-ElvisPresley.html

Thanks for your question - it was a good one!
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Brandon

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Brandon Peacy

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I can answer practically anything regarding Elvis' life, music, concerts, and films. Sorry - I cannot answer questions about worth of collectibles (including music).

Experience

I have read extensively about Elvis' life for over 20 years and own dozens of books regarding his life, concert tours, and recording career. I also finished 2nd in an Elvis trivia contest (by one point) held across the street from Graceland in 2002. I have personally spoken with Scotty Moore, Millie Kirkham, his Commanding Officer from the Army, and one of his cooks.

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Two-Year Colleges

Education/Credentials
Bachelors' Degree in Philosophy of Communication, Northwestern University - 2008 Associate of Arts Degree, Wilbur Wright College - 2004

Awards and Honors
Samuel Weingarten Award for Excellence in English - Wilbur Wright College, 2004

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