Buddy Holly music alive
short, remarkable career of legendary rock’n’roller Buddy Holly is brought to life in Ballina Players’ latest musical production, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. The show, which opens tomorrow, stars Jordan Stotter (pictured) as Holly. The musical charts the story of Holly and his band The Crickets, three young mates from Lubbock, Texas, who stood their ground against attempts to force them to play country instead of rock. A Decca records producer told them they would never amount to anything. They proved him wrong, playing the music millions of boppers wanted to hear. In 15 months during his early 20s, this gangly boy with his trademark black-rimmed glasses had 10 hits. Then, at age 22 he was gone. A small plane crashed in a snowstorm, killing Buddy along with fellow tour members teen idol Richie Valens and J.P. ‘‘Big Bopper’’ Richardson. February 3, 1959, came to be called ‘‘the day the music died’’, immortalised in Don McLean’s song American Pie. Buddy is helmed by director Paul Belsham and Warwick Binney.
opens at Ballina Players Theatre, Swift St, tomorrow and plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 1pm until December 8. Call (02) 6686 2440 to book.