Bobby Vee talks about his experiences recording for the Liberty label and touring with The Shadows.
Bobby Vee And The Shadows were playing gigs in the Midwest as the 1959 Winter Dance Party headed for the region. Bobby Vee was a sophomore in high school and looking forward to seeing the first big package tour to come through his area. In Part 2, Vee recalls hearing the news about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, and what happened afterwards.
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.