Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - Goldmine VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GREAT TRAGEDY 2: WINTER DANCE PARTY 1959... AND THE SHOW MUST GO ON Bear Family Records (CD) *** After Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson died that fateful morning of February 3, 1959, "The Winter Dance Party" soldiered on for another 10 straight days with Dion & The Belmonts, Frankie Sardo Sc The Crickets, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Fabian, Robert Veline & His Shadows and Bill Par-sons. Holly had fired The Crickets in '58. His new band consisted of bassist Waylon Jennings, guitarist Tommy Allsup and drummer Carl Bunch. Veline found fame later as Bobby Vee. This second volume of music from the aforementioned continues with the aftermath of the event with 34 tracks in just under 80 minutes.
Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - Penthouse „That'll be the day, when I die ..." Buddy Holly ahnte bei seinem letzten Auftritt am 2. Februar 1959 noch nicht, wie nah dieser Tag war. Allerdings war die chao-tisch geplante „Winter Dance Party"-Tour bisher die Hölle gewesen, unterwegs in klapprigen Bussen kreuz und quer durch drei eisige Bundesstaaten. Um bequemer zum nächsten Gig zu kommen, bestieg Buddy in den frühen Morgenstunden des 3. Februar mit Ritchie Valens und The Big Bopper ein Kleinflugzeug. Ihr tödlicher Absturz gilt in der Rock'n'Roll-Geschichte als „the day the music died". Die Compilation „The Great Tragedy" erinnert mit den Songs der Beteiligten, Interviews und Nachrichtenberichten von damals an ihre letzte, schicksalhafte Tour.
Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - Vive Le Rock VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GREAT TRAGEDY —WINTER DANCE PARTY '59 (Bear Family) Tasteful 60th anniversary tribute On the year of the 60th anniversary of the 3rd of February 1959 'The Day The Music Died' Bear Family have released this tribute CD of the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour, during which a plane crash claimed the lives of JP Richardson aka 'The Big Bopper', Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Those 40 tracks include hits and interviews of the aforementioned, radio advertising for the tour, news reports of the death of the trio and tribute songs, Eddie Cochran's 'Three Stars' one of the most poignant given his life was to cut tragically short just over a year later. It's an album to be listened to in its entirety, which probably means it will languish on the shelf a lot but with extensive sleeve notes it's an historical document that'll remain evergreen. Simon Nott
Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - - Blues & Rhythm W nter Dance Party 1959'. Writing this in February 2019, sixty years later, seems rather poignant. Much is made in the lavish and in-depth booklet of the wisdom of touring the mid-west in the middle of a fierce winter in busses with failing heating, so that Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to take some of the participants of the 'Winter Dance Party' package to the next gig after their show on 2nd February 1959: Ritch e Valens flipped a coin with guitarist Tommy Alisup for a place, and The Big Bopper cajoled Waylon Jennings out of his place. The CD contains music from around the time from all those on the tour, including Dion & The Belmonts, fellow New Yorker Frankie Sardo (his 'Class Room' is a Coasters-inflected number h s other, the far less interesting 'Fake Out', is misplaced on the track listing), and rocker Debbie Stevens who was one of the opening acts at the show in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are also tribute songs by Eddie Cochran, Hershel Almond, with the track that gives the CD its main title (released on Ace), Ray Camp and Benny Barnes. The set even includes radio promos for the tour, an interview with Buddy Holly by Alan Freed (talking largely about flying and more newscasts on the tragedy. Musically of course th s s rock and roll all the way, and very much a snapshot of an era and both of these sets come highly recommended, of course.