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Holly, Buddy

Charles Hardin Holly, born in Lubbock, Texas, Sept 7, 1936.
Died February 3, 1959 in a plane crash.
Numerous hits with the Crickets: That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy,
Not Fade Away, and solo hits: Peggy Sue, Listen To Me, Rave On.

Subject: Re: Remarks of Mr. B. Dylan Before NARAS, 2/25/98
From: Eduardo Monteverdi Ricardo (
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 17:17:57 -0800

Re: Remarks of Mr. B. Dylan Before NARAS, 2/25/98 (Chaden) wrote that Bob Dylan said:
: And I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went
: to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet
: away from him...and he LOOKED at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that
: he was---I don't know how or why---but I know he was with us all the time we
: were making this record in  some kind of way. 

Only three days after Dylan had seen him [perform in Duluth], Buddy Holly
was dead. Bob and his friends studied details of the tragedy. At one A.M. on
February 3, 1959, a Beechcraft Bonanza, chartered in Mason City, Iowa, took
off in light snow for Fargo, North Dakota. Trouble developed in minutes,
probably because the twenty-one-year-old pilot couldn't cope with the
weather and instruments. The left wing hit the ground first. Killed
instantly were the pilot and three musicians, Holly, twenty-two; Ritchie
Valens, seventeen, a Mexican-American whose biggest hit was "La Bamba"; and
J. P. Richardson, twenty-four, who was called the Big Bopper. Bob's friends
and family senses a pervasive charge in him. He seemed in a tremendous
hurry; all the car and motorcycle accidents indicated that his time was
limited. "I was burned with death all around me," Dylan said in 1965.

Gretel Whitaker, a friend from the University of Minnesota, said: "We never
really expected Bobby to live past twenty-one." By the time Bob was nineteen,
he had written a mournful blues, passed on to me by Minneapolis friends:

The queen of his diamonds
And the jack his knave
Won't you dig my grave
With a silver spade?
And forget my name.

I'm twenty years old.
That's twenty years gone.
Can't you see me crying,
Can't you see me dying,
I'll never reach twenty-one ...

"No Direction Home" by Robert Shelton, 1986 (page 54), recorded on
"The St Paul Tape", the apartment of Karen Wallace, St Paul Minnesota -
May 1969. 
Written in May 1960, this is one of Dylan's aerlier compositions. 

One Eyed Jacks

Subject: Re: Buddy Holly From: Alan Fraser ( Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 20:24:29 GMT ... Duluth Armory, Jan 31, 1959. From Clinton's Day By Day book. Shelton, page 53: Bob visited Link Wray in 1975 and told him: "Link, I was sitting in the front row when you and Buddy Holly were at Duluth, and you're as great now as you were then." Alan

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