Thursday, February 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: It's Another Winter Dance Party, 59 Years Since 1959

His birth name was Charles Hardin Holley, and the gift he gave the world was a sense of the joy of life. Music was his method. At sweet 16 his career as a performer was underway. Six years later it was over.

It was his mother who nicknamed him Buddy, saying that his birth name was a bit big for the lad. Music was part of his life at an early age, his parents more than supportive of his ambitions, as demonstrated by a letter to the editor that they wrote in defense of rock 'n roll.

Holly formed a band as soon as he graduated high school and was soon opening for national gigs that came through town. His bandmate said that the night they opened for Elvis Presley in 1955 was a turning point for the skinny guy with horn-rimmed glasses and a love for making music. He wrote and recorded his first hit with the Crickets in 1957. "That'll Be The Day" was the first of 7 hits that climbed the Pop 40 charts. The song hit #1 just 500 days before his untimely death.

Trivia: What Buddy Holly song became the Rolling Stones' first top ten hit? (see end of this blog post.)

It's been 59 years since ’59 when Buddy Holly and the Winter Dance Party graced the stage of the Duluth Armory! Join us to relive the energy of that cold night with Todd Eckart and His Band, one of Duluth's many talented performers. Kick back and enjoy the music or shake a leg to the timeless tunes of Holly and early rock ’n roll!

WHO: TODD ECKART AND HIS BAND with special guests the Superior Ballroom Dance Studio

WHEN: Sunday Feb 11th from 6:30 to 9:30 (doors open at 6:00)


WHERE: Grandma’s Sports Garden

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at Electric Fetus or online at Eventbrite.

The evening is a fundraiser for the Armory Arts & Music Center and its Music Resource Center program. There will be a silent auction, dance demonstration, dance contest, and prizes for best 50’s attire.

Special thanks to event sponsors, WIPFLI and Grandma’s Sports Garden.

Jim Heffernan shares memories of Buddy Holly.
Details of the Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959.
Details from the first portion of this blog post came from Biography.
Trivia Answer: "Not Fade Away"

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