Houston, TX (September 16, 2005)–Former Buddy Holly backup singer John Pickering and songwriter Sonny West were recently at SugarHill Recording Studios completing West’s new album with SugarHill chief engineer Andy Bradley. They completed mixing and tracking vocals for six songs with Bradley in SugarHill’s Studio B.
Pictured at SugarHill (l-r) are: Sonny West, Chief Engineer Andy Bradley and John PickeringSonny West grew up in, Lubbock, TX (Buddy Holly’s home town) where he released his own records and co-wrote the rock ‘n’ roll classics “Oh Boy!” and “Rave On” that were eventually covered by Buddy Holly, becoming hits in 1957.
“It was amazing to hear John (Pickering) sing all the various harmonies and parts instantaneously,” commented chief engineer Andy Bradley. “We recorded like these guys did in the old days, where singers sang all the way through with hardly any cutting and pasting.”
Both West and Pickering are featured in the new DVD The Music of Buddy Holly and The Crickets released in June 2005 in the UK and Europe and is scheduled to be released soon in the U.S.
SugarHill Recording Studios