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.
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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.