The Buddy Holly Story

Factual error: When Buddy and the musicians tour bus is towed to the Clear Lake Auditorium for the final concert before the fatal air crash, the canopy states that the concert is on the 3rd of February. The fatal accident that took Buddy, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens occurred at 1am on 3rd February 1959 so the canopy should have read 2nd February.

Factual error: In the final concert scene, Buddy is shown playing a 1965 Fender Stratocaster, a CBS model with the large headstock. Needless to say, it didn't exist in 1959.

Factual error: The name of the venue where Buddy played his last concert was the Surf Ballroom, not the Clear Lake Auditorium .

Continuity mistake: Buddy is unloading boxes of tiles in his garage while Riley and he discuss the radio station programming. There are 8 boxes on the shelf and Buddy unloads another two boxes. A minute later, the same two boxes are back in the truck bed, and Buddy unloads them again.

Factual error: When Buddy and his girl are in his father's pickup, she turns the radio off, A few minutes pass, and when Buddy turns it back on, music starts playing instantly. However, even after a couple of minutes off, that old tube radio would take time to warm up.


Factual error: Throughout the film, Gary Busey plays a Fender Stratocaster, but with a rosewood (dark-colored) fretboard / neck. Buddy Holly played a Fender Stratocaster with a maple neck, however, (light-colored natural maple wood neck) as Fender only came out with the darker rosewood neck in mid-1959, months after Buddy Holly's tragic plane crash.

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