This past February, I wrote a blog entry about the plane crash, fifty-six years earlier, in which Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson a/k/a The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed. If you wish to review that entry, click here.
Like almost every baby boomer, I appreciate not only their music, but also lots of music we listened to while we were growing up. It was a time when you could understand the lyrics, dance to the beat and just have fun. That music is a central theme in the book that I’ve written, Baby Boomer Reflections – Eighteen Special Years Between 1946 and 1964.”
Last night, I went to see a tribute group that was performing at a Las Vegas casino. The name of the show is “Winter Dance Party,” and I’ve linked those words to their Website, where you can see the 2015 tour schedule. Between now and the end of the year, they will appear in Oklahoma, California (several times), North Dakota, Manitoba, South Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. If you’re an authentic baby boomer, and you’re anywhere in those areas, you’ve gotta be there!
Now, as Paul Harvey would have said, “The rest of the story.”
The performers are not egocentric. That’s why the Buddy Holly lead, John Mueller, didn’t bother to point out that he played the lead when “Buddy …. The Buddy Holly Story” opened at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City in January 1996. It’s also why the guy who played J.P. Richardson, and he had the character nailed from start to finish, didn’t bother to announce that he was actually Jay Richardson, the Big Bopper’s son. But there was a brief acknowledgement to several audience members during “Ritchie Valens’” performance. He stopped to introduce the Ritchie’s actual sister and her granddaughters, Ritchie’s nieces, who just happened to be in the audience
I bought the CD after hearing a John Mueller perform a tribute song, “Hey Buddy,” during the show. You can hear it if you click here.