THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED 3rd February 1959

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED 3rd February 1959 BLOG  3rd February 2020

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED 3rd February 1959

 Buddy Holly died February 3, 1959 (aged 22) in an aeroplane crash at Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S. They call it “The Day The Music Died”.

He was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. He was married in 1958 to Maria Elena Santiago.

Buddy Holly died on the “Winter Dance Party Tour 1959”


The tour was a gruelling 24 date tour scheduled as follows:

January 23  George Devine’s Ballroom, Milwaukee  Wisconsin

January 24  Eagles Ballroom  Kenosha,Wisconsin

January 25  Kato Ballroom, Mankato, Minnesota

January 26  Fournier’s Ballroom, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

January 27  Fiesta Ballroom, Montevideo, Minnesota

January 28  Promenade Ballroom, St. Paul, Minnesota

January 29  Capitol Theater, Davenport, Iowa

January 30  Laramar Ballroom, Fort Dodge, Iowa

January 31  Duluth Armory, Duluth, Minnesota

February 1  Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay, Wisconsin

February 2  Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa

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The “Winter Dance Party” tour did not stop. Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup continued performing for two more weeks, with Jennings taking Holly’s place as lead singer. The remainder of the Winter Dance Party tour was:

February 3 – Moorhead, MN – The Armory

February 4 – Sioux City, IA

February 5 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom

February 6 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Danceland Ballroom

February 7 – Spring Valley, IL – Les Buzz Ballroom

February 8 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom

February 9 – Waterloo, IA – Hippodrome Auditorium

February 10 – Dubuque, IA – Melody Hill

February 11 – Louisville, KY – Memorial Auditorium

February 12 – Canton, Ohio – Memorial Auditorium

February 13 – Youngstown, Ohio – Stanbaugh Auditorium

February 14 – Peoria, IL – The Armory

February 15 – Springfield, IL – Illinois State Armory Lake, Iowa


He had toured England in March 1958 with Des O’Connor A 25 date tour:


March 1958

01 – Elephant & Castle (Trocadero)

02 – Kilburn (Gaumont State)

03 – Southampton (Gaumont)

04 – Sheffield (City Hall)

05 – Stockton (Globe)

06 – Newcastle (City Hall)

07 – Wolverhampton (Gaumont)

08 – Nottingham (Odeon)

09 – Bradford (Gaumont)

10 – Birmingham (Town Hall)

11 – Worcester (Paramount)

12 – Croydon (Davis)

13 – East Ham (Granada)

14 – Woolwich (Granada)

15 – Ipswich (Gaumont)

16 – Leicester (De Montfort Hall)

17 – Doncaster (Gaumont)

18 – Wigan (Ritz)

19 – Hull (Regal)

20 – Liverpool (Philharmonic Hall)

21 – Walthamstow (Granada)

22 – Salisbury (Gaumont)

23 – Bristol (Colston Hall)

24 – Cardiff (Capitol)

25 – Hammersmith (Gaumont)


And finally, 20 of my favourite Buddy Holly tracks with year released:


  1. That’ll Be The Day – The Crickets 1956
  2. Peggy Sue 1957
  3. Words Of Love 1956
  4. Everyday 1957
  5. Not Fade Away – The Crickets 1957
  6. Oh Boy – The Crickets 1957
  7. Maybe Baby – The Crickets 1958
  8. Listen To Me 1957
  9. Heartbeat 1958
  10. Think It Over – The Crickets 1958
  11. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore 1959
  12. It’s So Easy – The Crickets 1958
  13. Well…All Right 1958
  14. Rave On 1958
  15. Raining In My Heart 1959
  16. True Love Ways 1960
  17. Peggy Sue Got Married 1959
  18. Bo Diddley 1962
  19. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 1963
  20. Wishing 1963


Buddy Holly’s backing band was Crickets


In 1949, at the age of twelve, Holly made his what is considered the earliest known recording of his music and the first home recording he conducted on a wire recorder. Holly sings the song ‘My Two-Timing Woman’, playing the acoustic guitar that his parents bought him after he ditched piano lessons.

On January 26, 1956, Holly attended his first formal recording session, which was produced by Owen Bradley.[13] He attended two more sessions in Nashville, but with the producer selecting the session musicians and arrangements, Holly became increasingly frustrated by his lack of creative control.[11] In April 1956, Decca released “Blue Days, Black Nights” as a single, with “Love Me” on the B-side. Denny included Holly on a tour as the opening act for Faron Young. During the tour, they were promoted as “Buddy Holly and the Two Tones”, while later Decca called them “Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes”. The label later released Holly’s second single “Modern Don Juan”, backed with “You Are My One Desire”. Neither single made an impression. On January 22, 1957, Decca informed Holly his contract would not be renewed, but insisted he could not record the same songs for anyone else for five years.

Holly was unhappy with the results of his time with Decca; he was inspired by the success of Buddy Knox’s “Party Doll” and Jimmy Bowen’s “I’m Stickin’ with You”, and visited Norman Petty, who had produced and promoted both records. Together with Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin, and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan, he went to Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The group recorded a demo of “That’ll Be the Day”, a song they had previously recorded in Nashville. Now playing lead guitar, Holly achieved the sound he desired. Petty became his manager and sent the record to Brunswick Records in New York City. Holly, still under contract with Decca, could not release the record under his name, so a band name was used; Allison proposed the name “Crickets”. Brunswick gave Holly a basic agreement to release “That’ll Be the Day”, leaving him with both artistic control and financial responsibility for future recordings.

Impressed with the demo, the label’s executives released it without recording a new version. “I’m Looking for Someone to Love” was the B-side; the single was credited to the Crickets. Petty and Holly later learned that Brunswick was a subsidiary of Decca, which legally cleared future recordings under the name Buddy Holly. Recordings credited to the Crickets would be released on Brunswick, while the recordings under Holly’s name were released on another subsidiary label, Coral Records. Holly concurrently held a recording contract with both labels.

“That’ll Be the Day” was released on May 27, 1957. Petty booked Holly and the Crickets for a tour with Irvin Feld, who had noticed the band after “That’ll Be the Day” appeared on the R&B chart.






“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill


Happiness is…listening to a Buddy Holly Album


Q:   What do you call a TV weather presenter               A:   Gale


Love is…wearing rose coloured spectacles




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