|The story goes - our young near-sighted rocker needed
glasses to see, but he didn't like the nerdy image they
presented. He tried going without but that didn't work,
he actually fell off stage once.
Contact lenses in the 50s were big crunchy affairs that
could only be worn for 2 hours.
So he was stuck wearing brow-line B&L frames much like
his grandfather's or the banker down the street. Neither
Buddy nor his optometrist, J. Davis Armistead, O.D. were
happy with the frame styles of the time.
In 1957, though, his attitude changed and history was
made. The self-esteem of myopic kids around the world
gained an immediate boost.
Dr. Armistead returned from a trip to Mexico with 2 pairs
of the very frame that became a distinct part of Buddy.
According to Dr. Armistead "Those heavy black frames
achieved exactly what we wanted... They added to his
personality and his act."
In "Rave On, the Biography of Buddy Holly," Don and Phil
Everly claim credit for planting the seeds of his biggest
"Don and I both told him, `Hey, look, you've proved that a
guy who wears glasses can make it in rock 'n' roll. So why
be ashamed of the frames? Why not make them a real
upfront statement, like, 'OK, I wear glasses, and here they
However the story goes, his original glasses can be seen
on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock Texas.
|Roy Kelton Orbison was born on April 23,
1936, in Vernon, Texas.
A year before Beatlemania overtook the
United States in 1964, the four lads from
Liverpool invited Orbison to open for
them on their English tour. On his first
night, Orbison performed 14 encores
before the Beatles even made it on stage.
In the words of Elvis Presley, Orbison was
simply "the greatest singer in the world."
|Many stories have circulated about the glasses - But according to Barbara Orbison in her biography
"During his 1963 tour with the Beatles, Orbison left his glasses on the plane before a show, which
forced him to wear his unsightly prescription sunglasses for that night's show. Although he
considered the incident 'embarrassing,' the look became an instant trademark.
We know his original sunglasses were Mexican, but later he had them custom made in Canada (to
resemble his originals when FAOSA closed in the 70s), he had many pairs which he would give as
A little known fact - In the early 50s he went to New Mexico to record 4 songs for a Buddy Holly
|Esquivel is considered one of the
foremost exponents of a style of late
1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental
pop that became known (in retrospect)
as "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music".
He was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas,
and his family moved to Mexico City in
1928 where he became a self-taught
musician from an early age.
His concerts also featured elaborate
light shows years before effects like
that became popular in live music. He
performed in Las Vegas on several
occasions, often as the opening act
for Frank Sinatra. He frequently
performed at the STARDUST casino
lounge during the 1964 time period.
Throughout his long career he always
made his thick FAOSA glasses part of
his 'Space Age Jazz' persona.