In the early hours of 3rd Feb 1959 three young rock and roll stars, Buddy Holly (22 years old), J.P Richardson, “The Big Bopper” (28) and Ritchie Valens (just 17 years old), boarded a 4 seater Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft following their show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They were on their way to Moorhead, Minnesota for a sell out concert that night.
The plane took off in a blinding snow storm and crashed shortly after killing all three as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson.
That crash has become legend in the history of Rock & Roll. Immortalised by Don Mclean in his 1971 hit “American Pie” the 3rd February is now simply known around the world as….“The Day the Music Died”.
Many older people, who were teenagers on that fateful day, will remember the disbelief they felt when three of their young heroes died while at the height of their creativity and influence.
For many British people this was a major loss as just a year before Buddy had made a short tour of England and was one of the first American exponents of Rock & Roll to do so. To many it seemed an irony that a man who had given the world such a unique, happy, fun sound should have his life end prematurely in such tragic circumstances.
In August 1989 at The Theatre Royal in Plymouth, a new show opened which has changed the face of popular musical theatre. 30 years later BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story is widely regarded as the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical. 60 years since that fateful night, the show’s continued success is a fitting tribute to Buddy himself and the incredible musical legacy he left behind.
Testament to the show’s enduring popularity, Buddy has enjoyed phenomenal global success, having played a record breaking 4450 performances over 556 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland, as well as 5822 performances over 728 weeks in London’s West End.
2019 sees Buddy joining a small – but lauded – number of iconic musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Evita and Cats in reaching a phenomenal three decades on stage.
Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame right up to that final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death. In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. In the show, audiences are treated to 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, including timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.
Buddy has inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, but remains the true original and a musical phenomenon.
Seen by over 22 million music fans around the world, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from aged 8 to 80 years old rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!
To book tickets for Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story at Bridlington Spafrom Monday 14 to Saturday 19 Octobervisit www.bridspa.comor call the Box Office 01262 678258.
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