Texas (BBC): Songwriter Bob Montgomery, who performed with Buddy Holly while at school and later wrote some of his hits, has died at the age of 77. Montgomery and Holly teamed up at Hutchinson Junior High School in Lubbock, Texas in 1949, performing at school concerts and radio contests. But it was Holly who was spotted as a potential star, leaving Montgomery to concentrate on songwriting. Among the hits he wrote for his friend were Heartbeat and Wishing. Heartbeat was a bigger hit in the UK than in the US, where it only reached number 82 on its initial release.

It has been covered by a number of artists including Cilla Black, Hank Marvin and Nick Berry.