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“The History of the Winter Dance Party” – Buddy Holly: 56 Years On

Written by admin on February 3, 2015 – 8:57 am -

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Boppper died 56 years ago today in a plane crash, following a gig in Clear Lake, Iowa. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s “The History of the Winter Dance Party” documentary features Dion DiMucci’s interesting recollections of that final tour, “The Winter Dance Party”.

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Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper died 54 years ago today

Written by admin on February 3, 2013 – 9:55 pm -

The great Buddy Holly died 54 years ago today in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and the pilot.

The plane had been chartered following a gig in Clear Lake, Iowa, and was heading to the next tour stop in Fargo, North Dakota when it crashed minutes after take-off.

The three classic songs below remind us why Buddy Holly was such a great loss to the music industry and why he is still loved by fans all these years later.

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“Oh Boy” – Buddy Holly

“Oh Boy” – Buddy Holly

“True Love Ways” – Buddy Holly

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Fans pay tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper

Written by admin on February 3, 2012 – 1:38 pm -

Fans around the world are commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (the Big Bopper) today.

Among the main events is the annual four-day commemoration of the Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. This was the last venue that the stars played before boarding the plane that would tragically crash shortly after take off. The Surf Ballroom has been designated a historical landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last year.

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Remembering Buddy Holly

Written by admin on February 3, 2010 – 7:20 pm -

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper) lost their lives in a plane crash on route to a concert in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Buddy Holly tour poster - Winter Dance Party The performers were a three-week ‘Winter Dance Party’ tour of the Midwest, which had commenced on January 23. The tour conditions were far from ideal, particularly after the heating system in the tour bus broke down. After the show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to take him to the next stop on the tour. He was joined on the plane by Valens and Richardson. The plane crashed soon after take off, killing all on board.

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