Review: Robert Ellis switches to keys on ‘Texas Piano Man’
Robert Ellis, "Texas Piano Man" (New West)
Texans play guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan? Willie Nelson? Buddy Holly? Johnny "Guitar" Watson? Guitarists. Elton John is not a Texan, but when he recorded "Texas Love Song" (a deep-cut gem), the tune featured not piano, but guitar.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2019. There are 331 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
On this date:
In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to finance a military expedition to Canada.
In 1811, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, N.H.
Winter Dance Party rocked Kenosha before deadly plane crash
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Ten days before the music died, rock 'n' roll was alive and well in Kenosha.
Teen heartthrob Buddy Holly joined rising stars Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson for the second stop of the infamous Winter Dance Party tour on Jan. 24, 1959, at the Eagles Ballroom.
Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies in Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital.
Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center, according to UMC spokesman Eric Finley. She was 78. The family gave the hospital permission to confirm the death, but asked that no additional information be released, Finley said Tuesday.
Today in History for September 7th
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
The Moody Blues close out 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It is, perhaps, appropriate The Moody Blues closed out the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday night, considering the band waited so long to get in.
"Tonight the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors what 70-plus million listeners and counting have known for half a century," said Ann Wilson, who inducted the band. "The Moody Blues was and always has been a kick ass rock and roll band."
From the "Godfather of Shock Rock" to the "Greatest American Hero," "The Flash" and that kid from "The Shining," Steel City Con's celebrity line-up covers a lot of pop culture history.
Here's who to look for this weekend at the Monroeville Convention Center (check the website for exact times; not all celebrities are there all three days):
Alice Cooper: The original shock rocker, who recently made a splash as King Herod in the live TV production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Buddy Holly is ‘kindred spirit’ to actor portraying him at Palace Theatre
Michael Perrie Jr. says it is always an actor's dream to work on a fun and fulfilling project and to be able to do what they love for a living.
Portraying Buddy Holly, as he does in the national touring show, "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" — stopping March 25 at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg — raises the bar for the actor/playwright/composer originally from Baltimore.
‘Buddy’ brings rock ‘n’ roll icon to INB Performing Arts Center
Buddy Holly has been there for two very big moments in Michael Perrie Jr.’s life.
When he was a child, Perrie saw his cousin and uncle perform in a production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” which, for several reasons, set in motion Perrie’s dream of becoming a performer.
Seeing the musicians on stage inspired Perrie to eventually learn guitar and piano, and he recalls being in awe at seeing people he knew convincingly portraying people they weren’t.
ALLIANCE — Alliance Arts Council takes you on a trip back to the ’50s with THE HOLY ROCKA ROLLAZ.
"A long, long time ago …" is how the song began. The classic Don McLean hit memorialized "The Day the Music Died" as a riddle within a song for all the ages to hear. "American Pie" is a history of America and the rock 'n' roll movement, and might be the most memorable song of the era.
ALBERT LEA — A tribute to the music of Buddy Holly will be presented by the DC Drifters at 7:30 p.m Nov. 25 at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway, Albert Lea.
Holly's biggest hits, including "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Oh, Boy!" and "Maybe Baby," will be included in the show.
Tickets are $15, available at 877-730-3144 and online at www.actonbroadway.com.
‘Buddy Holly Story,’ with Md. actor in lead, visits the Shubert in New Haven for 3 shows
“Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” began in London in 1989 and has played around the world, earning kudos as one of most successful rock ’n’ roll musicals ever. Even though Michael Perrie Jr. played Holly for 50 performances early last year, the newest touring show coming to the Shubert Theatre in New Haven has Perrie freshly informed about his subject.
OAK CENTER — Concerts continue on a weekly basis at the Oak Center General Store, with Boiled in Lead set to perform Saturday, followed by Robby Vee & His Rock 'n' Roll Caravan of Stars Nov. 4.
‘ Le Miz’ and more: Popular musical to highlight McAllen Performing Arts Center’s second season
McALLEN — The popular Broadway show “Les Miserables” will be coming to the Performing Arts Center as the second season of shows were announced Wednesday.
In addition to “Les Miserables,” the center’s Broadway season will include “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” The first show is “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” on Dec. 7 and the season concludes with “Les Miserables” on Sept. 12, 2018.
Today in History for September 7th
- Post-BulletinJD McPherson concert at the CastleApril 13, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewPaul Turner: Duke? Ducks? Hokies? How to pickMarch 26, 2019
- The Daily JournalGary Moore: 'Frost Quakes' and Buddy Holly fit togetherFebruary 8, 2019
- Post-BulletinWinter Dance Party to be celebrated in Pine IslandFebruary 1, 2019
- Sioux City JournalRemembering 'the day the music died' 60 years laterJanuary 26, 2019
“Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience” comes to the Palace Danbury
Buddy Holly was a rising star when he died in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper). Don McLean refers to the tragedy in “American Pie,” as “the day the music died.”
But fortunately that music lives on, thanks in part to high energy performers such as Jared Mancuso, who created and stars in “Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience.”
Music will return to the Broadway Fountain this weekend with the first event in the 2017 Music in the Park series. Southern Indiana cover band, The Rumors, will perform as the concert's headliners at 7 p.m. Friday at the fountain. The free Madison Main Street program event, will officially begin at 5 p.m. with local food vendors on hand. Madison musician Amy Noel will perform at 6 p.m. ahead of The Rumors. Dance-Ability, a local dance troupe for children with disabilities, also will perform...
ZUMBROTA — Johnny Rogers enters a time machine and transports us back to the golden early years of rock 'n' roll in "Buddy & Beyond," a tribute concert at 8 p.m. May 13 at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
The show will feature Rogers' portrayal of Buddy Holly, and music of other early rockers: Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry. The show closes with a tribute to the King himself, Elvis.
Guitarist who avoided Buddy Holly plane crash dies at 85
HOUSTON (AP) — Tommy Allsup, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that later crashed and killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 85.
Allsup, died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, due to complications from a hernia operation, said his son Austin Allsup, a singer and musician, on Thursday. He had been hospitalized since early this month.
Singer Bobby Vee recalled as ‘ambassador of joy’ at funeral
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Pop singer Bobby Vee was given a musical farewell at his funeral with an instrumental version of his No. 1 hit "Take Good Care of My Baby."
Vee was remembered as an "ambassador of joy" Wednesday as hundreds of mourners gathered at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. Vee was 73 when he died last week of advanced Alzheimer's disease.
NEW ULM - On Monday pop singer Bobby Vee passed away at the at age 73.
Vee was originally born in Fargo, North Dakota but had his first success as musician while living in Minnesota and later located his recording studio outside St. Cloud. His status as Minnesota singer allowed him to be inducted into New Ulm's Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHF) in 1992.
Minnesota funeral set for Bobby Vee, 1960s pop star
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Fans will say a final goodbye to 1960s pop star Bobby Vee next week.
Vee died Monday of advanced Alzheimer's disease at age 73. He had been in hospice care in Rogers, northwest of Minneapolis, in recent weeks.
Vee's funeral will be held Wednesday at noon at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. Visitation is set for Tuesday.
1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.
Gary Busey to star in off-Broadway’s ‘Perfect Crime’
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Busey will make his New York stage debut next month in the off-Broadway show "Perfect Crime," playing a serial killer in the cast of the longest-running play in city history.
Busey, who received an Oscar nomination for 1978's "The Buddy Holly Story," will play charismatic serial killer Lionel McAuley starting Nov. 21 at The Theater Center near Times Square.
Terry Cook, internationally recognized opera star who was born and raised in Plainview, is part of the 2016 West Texas Walk of Fame class that will be inducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Centre Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, in Lubbock.
Others being honored this year are:
-- Ponty Bone, accordion player and bandleader who performed for seven years with The Joe Ely Band before forming The Squeezetones.
Who: Remember the 1960s? If not, get ready for a refresher. Not born yet? Then get a musical history lesson with Orange Sunshine. This is a tribute band that isn’t focused on one single group but plays the best music from an entire decade. From The Beatles and the Beach Boys to Motown and folk rock, this band has the most significant period in music covered. Getting things going will be Wild Bill & The Thrill. A 1950s and ’60s dance band,...
It might seem a little cruel to tout a stage show whose entire run has long since sold out.
But look at the bright side: If you can’t see Onstage Playhouse’s “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” there’s still a good chance you’ll be seeing its star attraction for a long time to come.
That would be Noah Zuniga-Williams, who plays Holly in the Chula Vista company’s scrappy revival of the jukebox musical.
Although it’s still in its first month, Spokane Valley Summer Theatre is already proving its versatility. Following a successful run of the rock ‘n’ roll revue “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” the theater’s maiden season continues next week with the beloved Dickensian musical “Oliver!”
In the TV show "Nashville," Charles Esten makes his home in Music City as popular character Deacon Claybourne, but in reality he is a native of Pittsburgh.
Esten, who spent his early years in Carnegie before his family moved to Alexandria, Va., also sings solo in real life, and he is coming to his hometown for a concert July 24 at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall.
Esten started his acting career in Los Angeles and later made his theater debut in London in...
The story by now is so familiar. Young Charles Hardin Holley, nicknamed Buddy, blasts out of Lubbock, Texas, to become a pioneering and influential rock ’n’ roll performer and songwriter. His death at age 22, in a 1959 airplane crash that also claimed the life of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, is widely remembered as “the day the music died.”