Re: Charles Hardin Holley
I used to wonder about that kind of thing with some other artists as well. Jack Scott is an example that comes to mind ... according to Wiki, he finally had a very minor country hit in 1974, but none of his major hits made the country charts. However, I've read comments here that have given me the impression that this basically wouldn't happen unless record companies promoted an artist to country stations -- except perhaps if a country station started playing a record anyway and then it caught on. But even then, I would think that chart success would mainly be dependent on the record company deciding that they should promote a record with country stations as a result. I'd be interested in comments from you or any other radio veteran about whether I have the right impression about all of this.
Buddy never showed up on the Billboard C&W chart. I do agree with Sue, had he lived he would have fit right in. I was surprised he didn't considering pop stars like the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis were as big on the C&W stations in their early years as they were on Top 40 outlets. Of course, Jerry Lee revived his Country career starting in 1968 and enjoyed another dozen years of hit making.