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.’”
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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.