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Reviews: The Paley Brothers and John Brodeur

by John M. Borack   The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings Real Gone Music (RGM-0182) Grade: ***** One of the many pop acts that never cashed in on the promise of their “next big thing” status, the Paley Brothers certainly …

Bobby Vee wouldn’t change a thing Part 2

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.

Explore Buddy Holly’s legacy 50 years later, part 2

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.