Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936 and died on February 3, 1959. Known professionally as Buddy Holly, he was an American singer-songwriter, guitar player and a pioneer of rock and roll. As hard as it is to believe, his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash. Buddy Holly is described by music critics world wide as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll. Buddy's works inspired and influenced the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Elvis Costello and the list goes on.
Buddy Holly set the template for the standard rock and roll band: two guitars, bass, and drums. He was one of the first in the genre to write, produce, and perform his own songs. Holly also managed to bridge the racial divide that marked music in America , along with Elvis Presley.
Holly made rock and roll, with its roots in rockabilly, country and rhythm and blues music, more popular among a broad white audience. When listening to their recordings, one had difficulty determining if Buddy Holly and his band, The Crickets, were white or black singers. Holly indeed sometimes played with black musicians, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, and incorporated the Bo Diddley beat in several songs. Buddy Holly and The Crickets were only the second white rock group to tour Great Britain. Holly's trademark eyeglasses encouraged other musicians, such as John Lennon, to also wear their glasses during performances and rock legend, Elton John, wore glasses "not because he needed them, but in homage to Buddy Holly."
After terminating his partnership with The Crickets, Buddy Holly assembled a new band consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch to play on the Winter Dance Party tour. The tour also featured rising artist, Ritchie Valens, and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who were promoting their records as well. The distance between venues, extreme cold and the poorly equipped buses affected the performers. Cases of flu and frostbite spread among them. Frustrated by these conditions, Buddy Holly decided to charter a plane to reach their next show. On February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson performed at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake , Iowa then boarded the chartered plane. The plane crash that occurred hours later claimed the lives of all three artists and changed music history forever. Singer songwriter Don McLean's popular 1971 ballad "American Pie" is inspired by Holly and the day of the plane crash. The American Pie album is dedicated to Buddy Holly. To honor Buddy's 77th Birthday THE RAVE-ONS will recreate a Holly performance with utmost accuracy and attention to detail and provide nonstop entertainment to every last member of the audience while proving that the music of Buddy Holly will NOT FADE AWAY!
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.