So when did the cowbell become a thing? You can hear Ringo banging on it in each bridge of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in 1964.
Kansas City news reporter Amy Anderson and producer Zoe Brown interview two ‘teenagers’ who were at the Surf Ballroom on February 3, 1959 and then travel to Clear Lake, Iowa to file this exceptional story about ‘The Night The Music Died.’ Also, the story includes a connection to original Cricket rhythm guitar player, Niki Sullivan.
Link to the KCTV 5 News Report: Fans, descendants remember impact of ‘the day the music died’ 60 years later
Axs TV has a full night of Buddy Holly on tap for tonight!
9:00 PM – First, Gary Busey sings and plays electric guitar in his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy Holly in the Academy Award winning movie ‘The Buddy Holly Story.’
11:15 PM – ‘Rock Legends: Buddy Holly’ – A 30-minute mini-documentary on the life and musical impact of Buddy Holly.
11:45 PM – ‘The Day The Rock Star Died’ featuring the life of Buddy Holly. Another mini-documentary created for the 60th Anniversary of his death.
Here’s the trailer.
Vintage Rock Magazine of Britain has issued a special 132 page edition honoring the 60th anniversary of The Day The Music Died.
Exclusive interviews include intimate discussions with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly; Bobby Vee, who took the unenviable position as Buddy’s replacement to close out the final tour; Crickets members Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis, who share their fond memories of Buddy – and producer Nick Patrick, whose True Love Ways project brought Buddy’s music together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Click here to order your copy: Buddy Holly and The Day The Music Died
Built in the early 1950’s by record producer Owen Bradley, the ‘Quonset Hut’ was the original Nashville recording home for Decca Records. Rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, like Buddy Holly, made their first professional recordings in Owen Bradley’s studio.
Here it is…
The story according to Paul Schatzkin, from Cohesion Arts website.
Book: How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 years of Music Row by Michael Kosser (Google Books).
Blog: Nashville Skyline, November 2009: New Life for the Quonset Hut, Mix Online.
Quonset Hut Hosts Reunion Celebration, Music Row, June 30, 2011.
This is gigantic! Announced today by Decca Records, a brand new Buddy Holly album is now available for pre-order! Hear Buddy’s classics reimagined with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
See the trailer with Maria-Elena and Larry Holley, released today!
Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016), known professionally as Bobby Vee.
Bobby Vee’s career began in the midst of tragedy. On February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” three of the four headline acts in the lineup of the traveling Winter Dance Party—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper—were killed in the crash of a V-tailed 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, along with the 21-year-old pilot, Roger Peterson. (Dion DiMucci, the second headliner, had opted not to travel on the plane.) The plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to the next show on the tour itinerary, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Velline, then 15 years old, hastily assembled band of Fargo schoolboys (including his older brother Bill) calling themselves ‘The Shadows’ volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorhead engagement. Their performance there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets arrived in Portland, Oregon to appear live on High Time, a local TV teen dance show, and performed that night at the Paramount Theater along with an all-star cast as part of the Biggest Show of Stars ’57, which included Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lyman, The Drifters.
Read more about that day the Biggest Show of Stars ’57 arrived in Portland in this blog post from Oregon Live (The Oregonian): The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly played Portland in 1957 (or did he?).