Stoney law office buddy

by George Gimarc

As Buddy Magazine goes through a bit of a rebirth in 2022, it is only fitting that we reflect on the origin of “The Original Texas Music Magazine,” and share a few remarkable items from our archives never before revealed.

Stoney Burns first conceived the magazine on February 22, 1973. He wrote in his journal that day, “I had an idea for the name of an entertainment magazine for Texas – “BUDDY” after Buddy Holly. The logo could be very friendly, rounded letters, not angular like Iconoclast… I don’t know why I dig designing or laying out a publication, but I sure do. It’s a real kick to trace a good design and then watch it come to life, finally seeing it printed, whether it’s as good as your layout looked…I picture it looking like LIFE magazine of the 50s, being a very in mass market phenomenon. “Where’s There’s LIFE, There’s BUDDY!”
Publisher Stoney Burns’ dream came true when Allied Printing, his family’s printing shop, rolled out the first issue of Buddy in July,1973. Burns penned an opening article, explaining his emotional tie to Buddy Holly (Holly’s song “That’ll Be the Day” was the first record Stoney could remember buying).

Response to Buddy was immediate and terrific. Circulation swelled from the original 25,000 to double that, to a whole lot more through the 1970s and beyond. Buddy was always at the forefront of Texas music, and championed the rise of ‘outlaw country’ with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Buddy was also there to introduce Joe Ely, Bugs Henderson, Pantera, and so many others.

49 years ago, the original Buddy Magazine was the size of a comic book, but with so much to write about, it grew in size to a large format, and even started working in color. Now, embracing the technology of today, Buddy can take on a new improved form. You will find more stories, more pictures, more artists and more br­­­eaking trends in Buddy, still “The Original Texas Music Magazine.”