ON THIS DAY, JANUARY 31, 1959, BOB DYLAN ATTENDED A BUDDY HOLLY SHOW AND SAW HIM PERFORM AS PART OF THE ‘WINTER DANCE PARTY” AT THE DULUTH ARMORY.
The concert line-up was Buddy Holly and the Crickets (including new members Waylon Jennings and drummer Carl Bunch), Ritchie Valens, the “Big Bopper”, Dion and the Belmonts, Frankie Sardo, and MC Lew Latto. The entire crew traveled over 350 miles from Fort Dodge, Iowa, by bus, to get to Duluth. A few days later, in Clear Lake, Iowa, in the early hours of February 3, 1959. Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson, all died in a plane crash that morning.
In Rolling Stone Magazine, Bob Dylan commented on Buddy, “He was great. He was incredible. I mean I’ll never forget the image seeing Buddy Holly on the bandstand.” On Feb. 28, 1998, at the Radio City Music Hall when Bob won several Grammy Awards for his ‘Time Out Of Mind’ album,
when he gave his acceptance speech for “Album Of The Year,” Dylan unexpectedly spoke of seeing Holly in concert. (Link below)There was several times that Bob has spoken about Buddy Holly, and has covered some of Buddy’s songs. You can view the history of Bob Dylan’s link to Buddy Holly and times Bob has performed some of Buddy’s music on The Examiner in which I will give the link below for you to read.
“THE APARTMENT TAPES” OF BUDDY HOLLY
[Very interesting link to listen to these tapes!!]
In December 1958, Buddy Holly bought an Ampex tape recorder from Norman Petty. Buddy Holly used this tape recorder in his New York City apartment to record rough takes of new songs that he was writing. In February 1959, as we all know, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson. Many people believe that “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “True Love Ways” were Buddy Holly’s last songs.
After his death, Buddy Holly’s tape recorder was located in his apartment building. On this tape, there were 14 full songs that Buddy Holly recorded. The songs were, in general, very clear and very personal. Most were just Buddy Holly and his acoustic guitar. These songs were truly Buddy Holly’s last songs.
Buddy Holly was a poet. Way ahead of his time … Read his story. I played with Buddy Holly in North Dakota, South Dakota, ballrooms, youth dances . . – Bob Dylan telling tall tales, March, 1966, fromRobert Shelton’s book, No Direction Home.
Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936.
After a brief time in the spotlight, Buddy Holly left an undeniable legacy. From the Crickets’ two-guitar-bass-drums set-up, to Holly writing his own songs, to his geeky-cool fashion-sense, his influence has lasted more than half a century since “the music died” in Clear Lake, Iowa, in the early hours of February 3, 1959. Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson, all died in a plane crash that morning.
On January 31,1959, a few nights before that fatal trip, a 17-year-old Bobby Zimmerman saw Holly perform as part of the “Winter Dance Party” tour, at the Duluth Armory.