If you're looking forward to this week's release of the Buddy Holly cover album Rave On (and you should be, if only for John Doe's awesome take on Peggy Sue Got Married), then you'll definitely get a kick out of the crooner's first ever known recording. The song is from 1949, and the sound quality isn't great, but no amount of static can block out the kid's familiar warble. His voice may not have changed yet, but he's already Buddy Holly.
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Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.