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The Buddy Holly Story

It’s musical time again at Ruzawi…
Buddy Holly was an American musician, singer-song writer and record producer born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas to a musical family in the Great Depression. Buddy’s style was influenced by gospel music, country music and rhythm & blues acts which he’d performed in Lubbock with his high school friends. 
Together with his bandmates, Jesse Charles and Ray Bob Simmons, the trio known as The Crickets emerged into the world of rock and roll in the 1950s. The Crickets’ first big break took place in Nashville when Ross Turner accidentally published their demo - to public acclaim. Their numerous hits include “Peggy Sue”, “That‘ll Be the Day”, “Oh Boy” and “Heartbeat”
Turner’s secretary, Maria Elena Santiago, soon caught Holly’s eye and his proposal of marriage was accepted on their first date. They were married shortly afterwards.

A humorous episode results from a misunderstanding through a booking for the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. A promoter signed up The Crickets unseen, assuming from their music that they were a black band. When three white Texans showed up instead, he was stunned. After a slightly uncomfortable start, Buddy’s songs swiftly won over the audience and The Crickets were a great hit. 

After two years of success, Ray Bob and Jesse withdrew from Buddy as they felt overshadowed by him and did not want to relocate to The Big Apple.

On 3rd February 1959, Holly chartered a private plan to fly from Clear Lake, Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota after his tour bus broke down. The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens joined him on the flight. Meanwhile, The Crickets arrived unexpectedly on Maria’s doorstep expressing nostalgia to reunite the band with a plan to surprise Buddy at his next tour stop. Tragically the chartered plan crashed ending the musical career of Holly, Valens and the Bopper. Buddy was just twenty-two years old.

The Buddy Holly story was told through film and subsequently in a West End musical which ran for twelve years. 

So, we invite you to sit back and enjoy the marvellous songs of a golden era with our Grade Six and Seven children.

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