Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day the Music Died

It’s been over fifty years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa filed, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The passing decades haven’t diminished fascination of “the day the music died” on Feb 2, 1959 when Buddy Holly, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Ritchie Valens performed in snowy Clear Lake, Iowa and then boarded the plane for a planned three-mile flight that lasted only minutes.

We have in our collection “The Winter Dance Party” on DVD. This is a live authentic re-creation of the final tour and it is captured at the same theatre in Green Bay Wisconsin as the original tour played. Over 29 songs presented in the authentic and high voltage performance style that has won acclaim and legions of fans everywhere. Did you know that Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly’s bassist and future country star, at the last minute gave up his seat to the Big Bopper who was suffering with the flu? Also that Bobby Vee then aged 15 replaced Buddy Holly at the next stop in North Dakota. His performance was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.

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