Surf Ballroom remembers Buddy Holly, "day the music died"
... the Winter Dance Party that brought the three young stars to town 53 years ago, has been designated a historic landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was listed last year in the National Register of Historic Places.It is, says Jay P. Richardson, The Big Bopper's son, "a temple of rock 'n' roll. If you want to pay your respects to Elvis, you go to Graceland. If you want to pay your respects to Dad, Buddy and Ritchie, you go to the Surf Ballroom." View the original article...Buddy Holly
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Buddy Holly's Last Tour - Winter Dance Party - as told by Dion
... The Clear Shot Media Group is currently in pre-production on a new documentary, Winter Dance Party, which will tell the story of the last tour of Buddy Holly
, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper as told by the only surviving member of the tour, Dion Dimucci. According to Clear Shot, "There's been countless versions of this historic event told in many forms including movies, books and plays. In over 50 years Dion never told his account of what happened." The film will include interviews with musicians, historians, family and friends and will use historic photos, film and music from the period. The Winter Dance Party- Trailer from Clear Shot Media Group on Vimeo. Win our 'Wired For Sound' package worth over £500! Click here now. Buddy Holly
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All Star Buddy Holly Tribute To Air This Weekend
... (Gibson) The all-star tribute concert, Buddy Holly
: Listen to Me, will premiere on PBS stations beginning December 3, 2011 (check local listings). The tribute saw a host of rock and roll stars and legends, including Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Raul Malo, Paul Anka, Boz Scaggs, Shawn Colvin, Patrick Stump, Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta, Victoria Asher, Graham Nash, Michelle Branch, and iconic guitarists James Burton and Albert Lee performing a set of Buddy Holly
classics. The show also includes live and video tributes from industry heavyweights like Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Imelda May and Eric Idle. more on this story Gibson.com is an official news provider for the antiMusic.com. Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission. All Star Buddy Holly
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Holly was killed in a plane crash along with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper in 1959. Holly's guitar player Tommy Allsup was not on the plane because he gave up his seat to Valens. The crash was caused by bad weather and a 21-year-old pilot who was not qualified to fly in low visibility using just instruments. To read the aircraft incident report, you can download it here
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Holly was on the "Winter Dance Party" tour when he was killed. He was flying from a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, to Fargo, North Dakota. In the early years of Rock and Roll, musicians often took dangerous chances getting where they needed to be.
The Beatles chose their name partly as a takeoff on Holly's backup band, The Crickets.
A movie about his life, The Buddy Holly Story, was released in 1978 starring Gary Busey, who sang Holly's songs himself for the film. Keith Moon of The Who died of an overdose the day after seeing this movie.
In Don McLean's "American Pie," "The day the music died" is the plane crash that killed Holly.
In the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, John Travolta has a Buddy Holly lookalike as a waiter. He is not a good waiter.
Holly's last concert was at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa the night before his crash.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets were the first white group to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem. They were booked there in 1957 by a promoter who assumed they were black. Their show went over well.
Paul McCartney owns the publishing rights to Holly's songs.
His group, The Crickets, continued to perform after his death.
In 1980, Holly's famous horn-rimmed glasses were discovered in a police file in Iowa, where they had been since his death.
Some evidence of Holly's influence: The Beatles got their name from the Crickets. The Hollies named themselves after Buddy Holly. The Rolling Stones first hit was the Buddy Holly song "Not Fade Away." Tommy Roe's self-penned "Shiela" was heavily influenced by "Peggy Sue."