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Renowned Buddy Holly (50's music) Historian
















West Texas Music Historian Bill Griggs Dies at 69

As Griggs wrote on his website Rockin50s.com:

Although most people know me as a researcher of West Texas rock ‘n’ roll music of the 1950s, and a historian of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, I’m really interested in the big picture, that of the entire 1950s music era.

This website is devoted, as the title states, to the Rockin’ 50s. This is the title of my website, my magazine, and my business. Aside from various lists of related items for sale, I also offer a News And Announcements board and an interactive message board where you can ask any question pertaining to the 1950s and someone will come along and answer it for you. I have a lot of very knowledgeable people supporting this board and the amount of information they possess is scary, but very useful for all of you!

Griggs goes on to tell his story:

BACKGROUND: Bill Griggs’ parents were both professional musicians. His father, William B. Griggs, played trumpet in some name bands, then formed his own band in Connecticut before retiring. His mother, Emma Giel, played keyboards in Hartford, Connecticut and was known throughout New England. Bill feels this furnished the initial impetus for his interest in music as there was always music in the house.

FAMILY: Bill was married in 1966 and has two children from that union, William F. Griggs II, and Holly Maria Griggs. He was divorced in 1990. His children now live in Connecticut. Bill married Sharon Reaume on June 3, 2004 and she helps him with his work and is always with him when he is attending a music event. They had been together for three years previous, got married, bought a house, and are very happy together.

HIGH SCHOOL: Bill attended Bulkeley high School in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating in 1959. At school, he was President of the Astronomy Club, member of the Audio-Visual Squad and Radio Club, and was on their track, cross country, and tennis teams. It was during these years that he began frequenting the State Theater in Hartford for their rock ‘n’ roll concerts and getting to meet with many of the artists of the day.

EARLY MUSIC: Bill Griggs grew up during the exciting era of the 1950s. He attended many rock ‘n’ roll shows and met many of the artists of that era. He is also a pack rat and has kept paper items, autographs, photos, and other items from that era which allows him to do what he is doing today.

THE BUDDY HOLLY MEMORIAL SOCIETY: During the 1960s, Buddy Holly had sorta been forgotten. In 1971, Don McLean released “American Pie”, and in 1973, that famous line appeared in the motion picture American Graffiti (“I hate that surfin’ stuff. Rock ‘n’ roll’s been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.) Still, the so-called Buddy Holly “revival” wasn’t happening.

The reality is that Bill Griggs founded the international Buddy Holly Memorial Society in 1975 out of disgust. He wasn’t seeing Buddy in print, or on television, or really, anywhere. The BHMS, as it was called, ran from 1975 through 1991. At the time it was terminated, there were more than 5500 members located in all 50 states and in 34 foreign countries. During the term of the BHMS, Bill Griggs began publishing his Reminiscing newsletter that soon became a full-fledged magazine.
















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