Growing up in New Jersey during the 1960s and 1970s, Pat DiNizio was familiar with Holly through the New York radio stations that aired his hits as well as The Beatles’ faithful rendition of Holly’s “Words of Love.”
Music historian Bill Griggs is quick to recall his initial Byddy Holly experience. “It was July 1957,” Griggs says. “In Hartford, Conn., where I was born … my partner Pat and I danced the bop, and we did it to ‘That’ll Be the Day.’”
When Buddy Holly decided to charter a plane for a flight departing after the Feb. 2 booking at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, he offered the remaining two seats to the other headliners, Dion DiMucci recalls. They were the only ones who could afford it, DiMucci says.
If not for Charles Hardin Holley, known the world over as Buddy Holly, rock ’n’ roll certainly would be very different. If not for Holly’s work, with and without The Crickets, the lives of many people would be very different, too. Fifty years after the legend’s untimely death, the first of five such individuals — Jerry Allison — share their Holly-related experiences and memories.
A selection of guitars owned, used and/or designed by legendary country guitarist Chet Atkins are heading for the auction block in Dallas.
Heritage puts Kurt Cobain’s watch and Buddy Holly’s last signed item up for auction on Oct. 4, 2008.