Bob Montgomery (songwriter)

Bob Montgomery (May 12, 1937 – December 4, 2014) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer and publisher.[1]


Montgomery was born in Lampasas, Texas, United States.[1] He was a songwriting partner and best friend of Buddy Holly, performing together as the duo "Buddy and Bob" while teenagers in high school.[1] Initially, they played a variety of bluegrass music, which evolved into rockabilly sounds.[2]

Montgomery met Holly at Hutchinson Junior High School in Lubbock, Texas, in 1949.[1] They started playing together at school assemblies and on local radio shows. Montgomery sang lead and Holly harmonized.[1] They soon had a weekly Sunday radio show on station KDAV.[3] On October 14, 1955, Bill Haley & His Comets played a concert at the Fair Park Auditorium, and Montgomery, Holly and bassist Larry Welborn were also on the bill.[2] Eddie Crandall, Marty Robbins' manager, spoke to KDAV station owner Pappy Dave Stone and told him he was interested in Holly as a solo performer.[1] Holly's career then began after demo recordings of his music were made and sent to Decca Records.[4]

Montgomery co-wrote some of Holly's songs, such as "Heartbeat", "Wishing", and "Love's Made a Fool of You".[1] He wrote the pop standard "Misty Blue"[1] and, for Patsy Cline, "Back in Baby's Arms". His son Kevin recorded a version of this, which appeared on his album True. Montgomery produced Bobby Goldsboro's 1968 number 1 hit "Honey" and his follow up 1973 number 9 UK hit, “Summer (The First Time)”.[1]

Montgomery died on December 4, 2014, in Lee's Summit, Missouri, of Parkinson's disease, at the age of 77.[5]



  • "Taste Of The Blues" b/w "Because I Love You", Brunswick, November 1959



  1. Colin Larkin, ed. (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 296. ISBN 1-85227-937-0.
  2. "Texas Music History Online – The Crickets". Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University-San Marcos. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. "Bob Montgomery and Buddy Holly". Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. "Buddy Holly Timeline: 1936 to 1956". Buddy Holly Center, City of Lubbock. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. "Songwriter Bob Montgomery Dies Age 77". Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved 2018-03-12.

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