Celebrating the lives of three of Rock & Roll’s most iconic stars, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.
Celebrating the lives of three of Rock & Roll’s most iconic stars, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. It was 59 years ago that my dad, Tommy Allsup was playing guitar for a wide eyed kid from Lubbock, TX, Buddy Holly. After Buddy fired his band The Cricket’s, the first new member of Buddy’s band was my dad. They met at Norman Petty Studio, in Clovis, New Mexico, and dad ended up playing guitar on Buddy’s new record in the studio just down the hallway. Shortly thereafter, Buddy was booked on a tour thru the midwest in the dead of winter with two other headliners, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. Buddy took my dad to play guitar and a radio D.J. from Lubbock, Texas, named Waylon Jennings. to play bass. Buddy had chartered a plane for the band to take after the show at The Surf Ballroom, but as fate would have it, the band wouldn’t be making the flight. Waylon gave his seat to the Big Bopper who had come down with the flu and was extremely ill. My dad who was already seated on the plane was asked by Buddy to go back in and double check the stage and green room area for any gear they may have left. In doing so, a young, vibrant, and full of life Ritchie Valens, ran into my dad in the door way of the green room. With Valens eager to get on that plane and not ride the bus, dad pulls out a fifty cent piece and told Ritchie to call it. That day would be forever known as “The Day the Music Died”